Edition:1 DVDArtists Featured: Daisy Khan, Hamza Yusuf, Karen Armstrong, Dr. Seyyed Hossein NasrLanguage: EnglishRunning Time: 120 min.Company: Unity Productions Foundation
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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Edition: 1 DVD Featured Scholars: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Chris Lowney, D. Fairchild Ruggles Language: English Running Time: 117 min. Company: Unity Productions Foundation
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
Edition: 1 DVDLanguage: EnglishRunning Time: 57 min.Company: Unity Productions Foundation
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.
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
“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.
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
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.
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
“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
Edition: 1 DVD Narrator: Mos Def Language: English Running Time: 60 min. Company: Unity Productions Foundation
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.
For more educational resources about Prince Abdul Rahman and the cultural legacy of enslaved Africans, visit princeamongslaves.org
Edition: 1 DVD Language: English Running Time: 57 min. Company: Unity Productions Foundation
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.