Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, a new documentary from award-winning Unity Productions Foundation (UPF),presents viewers with a kaleidoscope of exquisite works of art – from the opulent Taj Mahal of Agra, India, to written word in the form of Arabic calligraphy with master calligraphers such as Mohamed Zakariya. Airing Friday, July 6th at 8:00 p.m.as part of the PBS Arts Summer Festival, Islamic Art brings life to the rich and vast legacy of the Islamic world.
Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of Western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division. Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates.
The eye-opening documentary nurtures a greater appreciation for the exquisite works of art that Islamic culture has contributed to global culture. “I believe all viewers, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, will be pleasantly surprised with what our film uncovers,” states executive producer Alex Kronemer. “As a window into an often misunderstood culture, this film has the ability to be a real catalyst for understanding and perhaps offer a new perspective on Islam’s values, culture and lasting legacy.”
KUED includes a segment on the “Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture” exhibit currently at BYU’s Museum of Art. The exhibit features works from major collections including the British Museum, the Louvre, the Smithsonian and others.
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