Fall 2017 Student Lecture Series: Tim Slade

Director Tim Slade will screen his new documentary, "The Destruction of Memory," followed by a discussion with the audience.

Rebuilding of Ferhadija Mosque, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Image: Derek Wiesehahn © 2016 Vast Productions USA

  • 08/13/2017

  • 5:30 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall

    Boston Architectural College

    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for a screening and discussion of The Destruction of Memory, a documentary by Director Tim Slade, on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at 5:30 pm in Cascieri Hall.


Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. This war against culture is not over - it's been steadily increasing. In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization,' millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage, and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity - to save the record of who we are.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story, looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years. Interviewees in the film include the Director-General of UNESCO, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as diverse and distinguished international experts whose voices combine to address this urgent issue.

About Director Tim Slade

Tim Slade's films have screened throughout North and South America, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand on television, at film festivals, and theatrically. He has directed documentaries such as the feature length 4, which won a Gold Plaque at the Chicago HUGO Television Awards, and was nominated for awards at the Banff World Television Festival, the International Documentary Association Awards, and the Australian Film Institute Awards. Other documentary films include Blank Canvas and Musical Renegades and the short dramas Every Other Weekend and I Was Robert Mitchum. His films have screened at more than 70 international film festivals. He studied film at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Reconstructed mausoleum, Timbuktu, Mali Image: Francois Rihouay. © 2016 Vast Productions USA

Reconstructed mausoleum, Timbuktu, Mali
Image: Francois Rihouay. © 2016 Vast Productions USA

A soldier patrols in front of Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu. Image by Francois Rihouay from ‘The Destruction of Memory.’ © Vast Productions USA 2016

A soldier patrols in front of Djinguereber Mosque, Timbuktu. Image by Francois Rihouay from The Destruction of Memory. © Vast Productions USA 2016