Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Genre: 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.
David & Kamal
Genre: Drama | Director: Kikuo Kawasaki | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 78 minutes | Country: Israel, Palestine | Year: 2011 | Rating: NR
Nine year old boys with nothing in common strike up a tender friendship following a tense first encounter in this warm-hearted drama from Israel. His parents divorced, young David has just arrived in Israel from America for a visit with his father when local Arab Kamal snatches a pouch of collectable coins right out of his hands. Abandoned by his father, Kalal lives in an Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem, and works hard to ensure that his mothers and sisters are well fed. After Kamal steals David’s coins, the young victim scours the streets for the thief and runs afoul of a local Arab gang. When Kamal comes to David’s rescue, the two young boys forge a powerful bond that transcends social taboos by revealing how well they can get along despite their differences.