Documentary Film

The  Persian-Dutch documentary maker Pejman Akbarzadeh, based in Amsterdam, is working on the first-ever film on Taq Kasra (also known as Arch of Ctesiphon). Taq Kasra is the world’s largest brickwork vault and it was the palace of Persian kings in the Sasanian era ( 224-651 AD).

During two dangerous travels to Iraq, Pejman has filmed the arch and also traveled to various European countries, North America and Australia to interview prolific scholars on the history and architecture of this ancient monument:

Ed Keall (University of Toronto), Vesta Sarkhosh-Curtis (British Museum), Touraj Daryaee (University of California), Ute Franke (State Museums of Berlin), Ali Mozaffari (Alfred Deakin Institute, Melbourne), Mahmoud Mullakhalaf (UNESCO) and Qais Huseen Rasheed (Iraqi State Board of Antiquities).

Pejman Akbarzadeh with Iraqi villagers during making the Taq Kasra documentary film, April 2017

TAQ KASRA documentary is partially funded by Soudavar Memorial Foundation 

Persian artifacts (Sasanian era), discovered around Taq Kasra in the 1920s and 1930s by German and American archaeologists, Metropolitan Museum, New York (Photo: Pejman Akbarzadeh)

The documentary TAQ KASRA: WONDER OF ARCHITECTURE will be finished in 2017. The 30-min. film re-introduces this neglected royal palace of Persian kings in Mesopotamia which was founded around 3rd-century AD. Watch the trailer here

TAQ-e KISRA (Source: “Persian Architecture” by Arthur Pope, 1965.)

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