A film commissioned by the National Museum of Antiquities (Leiden) as an introduction to the exhibition with the same name.

This film is used by teachers and students before seeing the exhibition. It is combined with educational work tasks (tasks leaf, evaluation, presentations with replicas).

The Middle East is often defined by its conflicts. That's unfortunate. “The Fertile Crescent" has so much more to offer. A closer look at what the legacy of ancient life in Byzantium and Babylon has to offer us today.
Locations: The Netherlands, Israel 2009

Pupils will learn that the Middle East offers more than war only. Historic urban settlements are a unique reflection of the capacity of humankind to socially structure and organize space. "Creation draws on the roots of cultural tradition, but flourishes in contact with other cultures. For this reason, heritage in all its forms must be preserved, enhanced and handed on to future generations as a record of human experience and aspirations, so as to foster creativity in all its diversity and to inspire genuine dialogue among cultures".

Museum Lessons Middle East

Script & director: Alexandra Jansse
Camera: Paul Cohen / Bernd Wouthuysen
Sound: Martijn van Haalen / Bouwe Mulder
Editor: Marc Schaaps
Actor childeren: Maral Noshad Sharifi & Hans (Hassan) Katib
Presentation: Femke Mostert
Scientific advise: Prof. Dr. P.J.M. Akkermans en Dr. M. van Berkel
Producer: Alexandra Jansse, Xela Films 2009

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