Join the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee for a screening of The Destruction of Memory: The War Against Culture and the Battle to Save It. “Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe,” says director Tim Slade. “This war against culture is not over—it’s been steadily increasing… 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, 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 diverse and distinguished international experts, whose voices combine to address this urgent issue.”

Following the screening, we will host a conversation between filmmaker Tim Slade and historic preservationist Meisha Hunter on how the topics explored by the film relate to the current situation in Ukraine.