A Life on the Road - Nomads of Iran

Miriam Stanke

2012 - 2013

The Bakhtiari form one of the still existing nomadic and semi nomadic tribes in the Zagros mountains, located in the South West of Iran.

They live a life between traditions and the slowly approaching modern era. The younger generations often support the autumn and spring migration through the mountains. However, more and more Bakhtiari become semi nomads as they prefer living in the cities due to extreme climatic as well as living conditions.

A Life On The Road is a documentation that portrays a bygone life which once stood for freedom and wideness. The severity and the rhythm of nature stand opposite to the conveniences of a permanent home. Being on the edge of tradition and modernity, they keep on living the life they know and continuously try to find their place.

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