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Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain

Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, is a PBS documentary that takes viewers on an epic journey back into one of the most fascinating and important periods of world history. It highlights the triumphs and achievements of diverse cultures that co-exist and thrive together, but it also depicts the tragedy that ensues when religious extremism begins to rise. The story weaves together striking feature-film style re-enactments, vivid footage of great Islamic architecture, scenes of Spain’s beautiful landscapes, and analysis by world-class historians and scholars to tell a story of vital importance for our contemporary world. (Unity Productions Foundation, 2007).

 

 

 


Colors of Compassion

Colors of Compassion explores mindfulness, the core of Zen Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh's teachings, through Dharma talks and interviews with practitioners during a special retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh for people of color. The film's backdrop is the green mountain setting of Deer Park Monastery in California. The film culminates in rare footage of a ceremony called the Five Mindfulness Trainings with subtitled verses to the "Heart of Perfect Understanding" sutra. Directed and produced by Eloise De Leon.

 


Dalai Lama Renaissance

105 minutes (Khashyar Darvich, 2007). Dalai Lama Renaissance is a documentary film about forty of the world’s most innovative thinkers who travel to India in the Himalayan Mountains to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world’s problems. What happened was surprising and unexpected. Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, the film also features Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Gowami from "What the Bleep Do We Know," and Michel Beckwith and Fred Alan Wolf from "the Secret." Winner of 9 awards at film festivals around the world, it is the official selection of over 34 international film festivals. Watch a trailer below.

 

 

 


Dialogue at Washington High

43 minutes (Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group, 2007). Fifty 10th grade students grow closer in their California classroom when, in pairs, they learn to tell their personal stories. This film is a great tool to help students begin to dispel incorrect stereotypes and assumptions about "the other," freeing their energy for better learning and building healthy relationships together.

 

 

 


In the Light of the Crescent Moon

40 minutes (The Peacemakers' Circle Foundation, Inc., 2006). Directed by Marites Guingona-Africa. From the Peacemakers’ Circle Foundation, Inc.: This is the story told by two Christians (Marites Guingona-Africa and Lee Collano) who, in the process of building relationships of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation with Muslims in grassroots communities in Metro Manila, the Philippines have borne witness to their plight. Dialogue with Muslims, as experienced by Marites and Lee, is a way of being in relationship with other human beings. It is a way of love.

 


Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet

Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet tells the story of a seventh century prophet who changed world history in 23 years, and continues to shape the lives of more than 1.2 billion people. Three years in the making, the film takes viewers not only to ancient Middle Eastern sites where Muhammad's story unfolds, but into the homes, mosques and workplaces of some of America's estimated seven million Muslims to discover the many ways in which they follow Muhammad's example. Noted actor André Braugher is the narrator. (Kikim Media and Unity Productions Foundation, 2002). Go to http://www.pbs.org/muhammad/ for learning tools and a discussion forum on the film.

 

 


Peace Through Dialogue, Lunch with Bokara

35 minutes (CEM Productions, 2006). Produced and Directed by Stephen Olsson. From CEM Productions: This unique, timely program brings together two internationally-renowned leaders in conflict resolution—one Muslim and one Christian, to discuss the possibilities for inter-faith dialogue and peace. Professor Abdul Aziz Said is the Director of the Center for Global Peace at American University, who meets here for the first time, Episcopal Bishop William E. Swing, Director of United Religions Initiative, an international inter-faith peace program.

 

 


Peacemakers: Palestinians & Jews Together at Camp

83 minutes (Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center PCRC, 2005). In September of 2005, 140 Jews, Muslims, and Christians of all ages from North America and the Middle East lived together in a resident camp in California-Oseh Shalom~Sanea al-Salam Palestinian-Jewish Family Peacemakers Camp. With community and staff support, they exchanged stories and values and confronted difficult issues.

 

 


Talking Through Walls: How the Struggle to Build a Mosque United a Community

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,' Zia said. 'We planned to beautify it and make it a place where God's word would be spoken.' But not everyone in his Philadelphia 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. The documentary 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. (Unity Productions Foundation, 2009).

 


Trip to a Local Mosque: Terrorism and Peace in Kashmir

This short video shares an interfaith dialogue between two URI young leaders from Kashmir and Australia discussing the interreligious violence taking place there. This video was taken during the URI Young Leaders Program in Mayapur, India, November 2008, at a visit to a local mosque where youth talked with local Muslim leaders to learn more about Islam. Filmed & Edited by Ashley Young, Some Day Fire Productions.

 

 


Young Leader Heleniq Argyrou: The Global Interfaith Movement 2013 and Beyond

An appreciative interview between Heleniq Argyrou from Cyprus and Basheer Al-Zoughbi from Palestine, where she shares her vision for a global interfaith movement in 2013 and beyond. Filmed during the URI Young Leaders Program in India, 2008, by Ashley Young - URI Documentation Team 2008.

 

 


Young Leader Mark Gifford: Minorities of Europe Interfaith Tool Kit

A short video interview with youth organizer Mark Gifford from the UK, telling about the interfaith toolkit produced by his organization, Minorities of Europe, which is now a URI Cooperation Circle. Filmed during the URI Young Leaders Program in India, 2008, by Ashley Young - URI Documentation Team 2008.

 

 


Young Leader Yasser Adel from Cairo, Egypt

A short video intervew with youth organizer Yasser Adel from Cairo, Egypt, telling about the work of his URI Cooperation Circle there. Filmed during the URI Young Leaders Program in India, 2008, by Ashley Young - URI Documentation Team 2008.

 


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