Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Documentary | Director: Rob Gardner | Language: English | Length: 90 minutes | Country: Global | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR

UPF is proud to present Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.

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.

Narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon, this dazzling documentary reveals the variety and diversity of Islamic art. It provides a window into Islamic culture and brings broad insights to the enduring themes that have propelled human history and fueled the rise of world civilization over the centuries.

Resources for teaching about Islamic Art can be found here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 6.C.1.1, 6.C.1.2, 7.C.1.1, 7.C.1.2, WH.H.2.5

Prince Among Slaves

Prince Among Slaves
Genre: Documentary | Director: Andrea Kalin, Bill Duke | Language: English | Length: 58 minutes | Country: United States | Year: 2007 | Rating: NR

Prince Among Slaves recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.

His story of courage and forbearance under the meanest of circumstances is a powerful drama that not only speaks directly to the African American experience, but also to the human experience. It expands our idea about what it means to be human, what we’re capable of surviving, and how our dignity can remain intact, even when under relentless assault. And because his story takes place beginning around 1776, it also illuminates the foundational period in American history as viewed from a perspective that is generally ignored when thinking about the establishment of the country: that of the African people enslaved in the early years of nationhood.

Watch the documentary online here.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 8.H.3.1, 8.C&G.1.4, 8.C.1.1, AH1.H.3.2, AH1.H.3.4, AH1.H.4.1, AH1.H.4.4, USH2.H.3.3,WH.H.5.1, WH.H.5.3

Mivtza Savta

Mivtza Savta
Genre: Comedy, Made for TV | Director: Dror Shaul | Language: Hebrew | Length: 50 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 1999 | Rating: TV Movie

Mivtza Savta (“Operation Grandma”) is a satirical Israeli comedy about three very different brothers trying to get around many obstacles to bury their grandmother on her kibbutz. The story takes place in Israel, in the fictional kibbutz “Asisim”.