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Crowdfunding Campaign: First Documentary on Persian Fortress DARBAND in Russia

08/12/19 - The Sasanian Fortress in Darband was built in the 6th century AD to protect the Persian Empire from invasion by nomadic peoples to the north. The defensive structures remained in continuous use by the succeeding Persian, Arab and Turkish forces until the Russian invasion in the 19th century.

In addition to its historical and archaeological importance, the fortress contains more than 30 Pahlavi (Middle Persian) inscriptions on its walls discovered between 1723 and 2001. According to the Encyclopaedia Iranica, "the Middle Persian inscriptions of Darband represent the northernmost extent in the spread of Pahlavi writing".

Despite being registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003, the fortress is still unknown to many. A documentary film covering various aspects of Darband (Derbent) Fortress would be an effective tool to rekindle public interest in the site as well as Sasanian-era Persian heritage in the Caucasus. However, there are currently no such films.

The Amsterdam-based documentary maker and journalist Pejman Akbarzadeh is undertaking this task. He has already made a successful documentary on the Sasanian monument TAQ KASRA in a critical situation Iraq. This film was screened at various museums, universities and international conferences around the world and cited as an "impressive film" by the BBC.

Your contribution to this crowdfunding campaign will help him to finish the first-ever documentary film on Darband Fortress - an ancient Persian site now located in Dagestan, a turbulent region in southern Russia.

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Darband Fortress documentary

The Sponsors' name will be mentioned in the final credits of the film, and those who contribute over 100,-- EUR will receive a free DVD of the film. Even a small contribution makes a difference!

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