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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World


Bay Area Premier Screening and Reception
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Co-presented with San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and San Jose Museum of Art.
With Special Guest, Michael Wolfe, Executive Producer of Unity Productions Foundation
Sunday, January 29. Program starts at 2:00 p.m.
Join us at this special screening of Unity Productions Foundation's new ninety-five minute documentary film. 3 years in the making, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, narrated by Susan Sarandon, takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. Special guest, executive producer, Michael Wolfe, will introduce his movie.
Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water. This documentary film takes audiences on a global journey to hear the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture. Although Islamic art differs from Western art in some respects, it carries with it, like all art, the fundamental values and perspectives of the artists who created it—as well as those who commissioned and paid for it. It incorporates the basic human themes of transcendent beauty, common to all creative endeavors.
Event length: up to 3.5 hours.
Michael Wolfe is co-founder of Unity Productions Foundation and Co-Executive Producer for UPF Films. For 15 years, Wolfe was publisher of Tombouctou Books, a small press that published poetry and avant garde prose. Michael's first books on Islam were The Hadj, a first-person travel account, and One Thousand Roads to Mecca, an anthology of 10 centuries of travelers’ writing. After September 11th, he edited Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim Their Faith which won a 2003 Wilbur Award. In 1997, Wolfe hosted a televised account of the Hajj from Mecca forNightline. The program was nominated for Peabody, Emmy, George Polk, and National Press Club Awards. In 2003, Wolfe worked with CNN-International reporter Zain Verjee to produce a documentary on the Hajj. Michael is the co-director of UPF’s Hollywood engagement program, called MOST – Muslims on Screen and Television, which works with writers and producers to develop more true-to-life characters and storylines of Muslims on television and in films.
You are invited to enjoy the exhibition Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Screening starts at 3:00 p.m.
Reception 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The film will be shown in New Venture Hall.
Members pay only $5; non-members $10.
Members pay no service charges.