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Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition:1 DVD
Artists Featured: Daisy Khan, Hamza Yusuf, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Language: English
Running Time: 120 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

A lively, thorough, and revealing portrait of Muhammad, the man and the Prophet. It takes viewers not only to the world of 7th century Arabia to examine the life and history of the man whom Muslims consider to be the last prophet, but also looks into the homes, mosques, and workplaces of some of America's seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which Muslims today continue to follow Muhammad's example. Especially relevant in a post 9-11 world, this film shows a side of Islam and Muslims that is rarely encountered on the television or movie screen.

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DVD Features:

  • Virtual Hajj
  • "Making of" interviews with Michael Wolfe, Alex Kronemer, Michael Shwartz
  • Lesson Plans for teachers
  • Dialogue Guide for community film screenings
  • English and Arabic subtitles
  • Can be played in the US and most international systems supporting NTSC
  • Includes limited public performance rights
Cities Of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Featured Scholars: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chris Lowney, D. Fairchild Ruggles
Language: English
Running Time: 117 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

The documentary Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain tells the story of how this civilization of tolerance, and intolerance, rose and, ultimately, fell.

Over a thousand years ago, the sun-washed land of southern Spain was home to Jews, Christians, and Muslims, living together and flourishing. Their culture and beliefs intertwined, and the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn. Here were the very seeds of the Renaissance.

But this world too quickly vanished … Greed, fear, and intolerance swept it away. Puritanical judgments and absolutism snuffed out the light of learning. Within a few centuries, the fragile union of these people dissipated like smoke. The time of tolerance was lost, forever.

“What this program does is reconstruct the cultural and intellectual accomplishments of the time, marked by religious tolerance, and by a gathering of books and ancient wisdom nourished and preserved until they could become the seeds of the Renaissance. This fascinating documentary is [about] how greed, fear and intolerance, along with puritanical judgments and absolutism destroyed a multicultural paradise of the Middle Ages. The subtheme is that Muslims, Jews and Christians can live together happily if they try....The documentary is at its best as a history of the great flowering that took place [on the Iberian Peninsula] beginning with the caliphate of Abdul Rahman in the early 10th century. The cities of light Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Toledo prospered under Muslim rule in a variety of ways.”
--Wall Street Journal

On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Language: English
Running Time: 57 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly follows Monem Salam as he enrolls in an open-minded flying school, where he soon draws the attention of the FBI, which confirms his family’s fears. Monem is a portfolio manager, the son of a Pakistani commercial pilot. His wife Iman’s family is Palestinian and although initially dubious about the marriage, now accepts the cultural differences. With three young children, Iman’s prankish student days are behind her. She’s happy to find time to cultivate her inner domestic diva, wisecracking about her entertaining skills and her husband’s flight plans. Monem’s “green” decision to commute by scooter only heightens his likeability.

These modern-day Americans cast off stereotypes and refuse to succumb to victimhood despite being denied privileges afforded most other Americans. This gently funny film follows Monem as he works towards his goal, engaging his wife, family and community in the process.

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Language: English
Bonus Features: Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's keynote speech at the film's world premiere
Running Time: 55 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

“The message in the film Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think is that we should be guided by facts, not fear. That is a simple message with logic on its side, but the difficulty is that human nature and logic have a complicated relationship. The main difficulty has been our tendency as Americans to equate the different with the dangerous.”
— Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think explores the expertly gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization. The poll, a window into the hearts and minds of the world’s more than 1.3 billion Muslims in more than 35 predominantly Muslim countries, the US and Europe, provides a way to understand what ordinary Muslims think and why.

The film--focused on the Gallup findings regarding such issues as Gender, Prejudice, Terrorism and Democracy—deftly shows how the data challenges the popular notions that Muslims and the West are on a collision course. Like the research, the film highlights a shared relationship between Muslims and the West that is based on facts not fear.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World DVD
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Artists Featured:Ruba Kana’an, Afshan Bokhari, D. Fairchild Ruggles, Sheila S. Blair, Jonathan M. Bloom, Mohamed Zakariya, Amy Landau, Mohammad al-Asad, Oleg Grabar, Gary Vikan, Roderick J. McIntosh, Kjeld von Folsachr
Language: English
Running Time: 90 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation
Price: $ 24.99

Description

A ninety-minute documentary of stunning breadth and beauty, Islamic Art: mirror of the Invisible World transports viewers over nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to reveal the astonishing riches of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture. Exploring distant locations and many rare pieces of art, the film illuminates the history of a global culture, reflecting the Islamic world as it developed over centuries and as it is today.

DVD Features:

  • Extended Footage: The Djenne Mosque
  • UPF trailers
  • Online resources
  • Close Captioning
  • Can be played in the US and most international systems supporting NTSC
  • Includes limited public performance rights
Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Language: English
Bonus Features: Live Performances by Preacher Moss and Azhar Usman, UPF Trailers.
Running Time: 82 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

Allah Made Me Funny is a film that doesn’t let go from the very first moment.”
–Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle

Allah Made Me Funny is...provocative humor to tickle the whole family.”
–Ty Burr, Boston Globe

This landmark concert film follows three acclaimed comedians on stage and off stage as they lift the veil to reveal the humorous truth of what it’s really like to be Muslim in America.
Mo Amer, Azhar Usman and Preacher Moss poke fun at themselves, their communities, government, human nature and the tricky predicament of living in post-9/11 America. Featuring music of rising indie scene artists, Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert is rollicking good fun and gives people of all cultural backgrounds an opportunity to laugh hard, drop their guard and open their minds.

Allah Made Me Funny achieves its goal of breaking down stereotypes with a tongue-in-cheek grace.”
–Brandon Judell, CultureCatch

Prince Among Slaves
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Narrator: Mos Def
Language: English
Running Time: 60 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

In 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail towards America, with precious cargo: hundreds of men, women, and children. Eight months later, a handful of survivors were for sale in Mississippi. One of them, 26-year-old Abdul Rahman, made an amazing claim: he was a prince of an African kingdom. Prince Among Slaves is the true story of an African Prince, who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or hope for freedom.

DVD Features:

  • “We the People” Guide & Resources to discuss the film in your community
  • Interview with Mos Def and Featurettes including “Dominion over Others: Slavery at Home in the World,” “Writing in the Sand: The Legacy of Muslim Slavery,” “Land of Faith & Liberty: The Muslim Kingdom of Futa Jallon.”
  • English SDH Subtitles
  • Can be played in the US and most international systems supporting NTSC
  • Includes limited public performance rights

For more educational resources about Prince Abdul Rahman and the cultural legacy of enslaved Africans, visit princeamongslaves.org

Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community
Retail Price: $19.95

Edition: 1 DVD
Language: English
Running Time: 57 min.
Company: Unity Productions Foundation

Description

When Zia Rahman prepared to appear before the zoning board in his hometown of Voorhees, New Jersey, he was on a mission both practical and spiritual. “We planned to turn a derelict building into a mosque. We planned to beautify it and make it a place where God’s word would be spoken,” said Rahman.

But not everyone in his New Jersey suburb saw it that way. With 9/11 a recent memory, fears were stoked and tensions ran high. Then one day, an anonymous flyer appeared in town, suggesting that those coming to pray at the mosque might have connections to terrorists.

But small-town America is more than it seems. Support came from an unlikely source. A group emerged, called the Coalition for a Multi-Faith Democracy, consisting of Buddhists, Christians, and Jews. Working together with the mosque project, they began meeting, looking for common ground, and seeking a greater understanding. When Zia’s health began failing, his challenges passed beyond worldly concerns, but the Coalition continued to represent him.

Talking through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United A Community, tells the story of old faiths and new friendships, and how democracy can be tested and still work even in challenging times.

ABC News Nightline: Hajj featuring Michael Wolfe
Retail Price: $19.95

Noor Inayat Khan
Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story
Retail Price: $24.95

Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, Enemy of the Reich was produced and directed by three-time Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Robert H. Gardner. With a team of international scholars and two of her surviving family members, the documentary was filmed in a cinematic style that brings the story of Noor Inayat Khan vividly to life. The production is a presentation of Unity Productions Foundation.