The Destruction of Memory: The War on Culture, and the Battle to Save It

This film chronicles the destruction of culture in Syria, Mali, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and elsewhere from World War II to the present day. It also relates the heroic efforts to save landmarks and libraries from the ravages of war. Through interviews and documentary footage, the film shows how individuals have used law and policy and sometimes risked their lives to save world heritage.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Tim Slade, and András Riedlmayer, UN war crimes tribunal expert witness and Bibliographer in in Islamic Art and Architecture at Harvard’s Fine Arts Library. The conversation will be moderated by Bonnie Docherty from Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic.

The event is organized by the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative and co-sponsored by the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World.

Food will be served.