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01/13/09

Iran makes documentary on Choqa Zanbil

Source: Press TV

Choqa Zanbil ziggurat, Khuzestan Province, Iran
Iranian filmmaker Pejman Fakharian is making a documentary about Choqa Zanbil, the world's largest ziggurat located in Khuzestan Province.

Sponsored by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), the 40-minute documentary will provide detailed information about the Elamite structure.

"The film will introduce the architectural and historical characteristics of the mud-brick pyramidal structure," Fakharian told Fars news agency.

Ziggurats were a form of ancient Mesopotamian mudbrick temple-tower common to the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians from approximately 2200 until 500 BCE. Sialk, in Kashan, Iran, houses the world's oldest ziggurat which was built in 2,900 BCE.

Choqa Zanbil is one of the four Elamite religious structures in Mesopotamia. The other three are Susa ziggurat (1,800 BCE), Haft Teppeh (1,375 BCE) and Choqa Zanbil (1,250 BCE), all in Khuzestan Province.

Choqa Zanbil ziggurat was a temple complex with three palaces and was dedicated to Inshushinak, the bull-god of Susa. It was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1979 and an international team of archeologists is conducting studies on its remains.

Filmmaker and researcher Pejman Fakharian has made numerous historical documentaries and docudramas including Persia, Capital of the World, Khorasan, Sadeh Celebration and The Rain Bride.
 

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