Historical Museum to screen "House of the Tiger King"
Two cameras, a lost city, 18 weeks in the jungle: one man's obsession

For immediate release January 12, 2007


Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

(DES MOINES) –The State Historical Museum’s “Movies at the Museum” film series continues next month with “House of the Tiger King,” a feature length documentary that follows writer and explorer Tahir Shah’s search for Paititi, the most famous lost city of the Incas.

The movie will be screened at 7 p.m. February 1 and 2 p.m. February 3. Tickets are $5 and are available at www.iowatix.com or at the door. The film contains adult language and some situations that may not be appropriate for children. The State Historical Museum is at 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines’ Historic East Village.

For centuries, thousands of adventurers, explorers and warrior priests have tried to find the buried treasures, many of them disappearing in the jungle without a trace. Shah and award-winning director David Flamholc set out to be the first to come back alive.

With a spicy mix of characters – an intrepid explorer (Shah), a Vietnam vet, an esoteric mystic, a couple of Machiguenga warriors and 15 Amazonian porters – “House of the Tiger King” takes viewers into the deepest jungle in the world. Through torrential downpours, fever, mutiny and extortion, Flamholc captures the essence of discovery.

The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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