October 1, 2012 at 7pm
Maidan Cultural Center
This new ninety-minute documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history.
The film explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form.
Like all art, Islamic art carries with it the fundamental values and perspectives of the artists who created it as well as those who commissioned and paid for it. It incorporates the basic themes of transcendent beauty common to all creative endeavors.
The film’s executive producers are Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer and the director is Rob Gardner. The film is narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon.