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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Muslim Journeys @ Utah Humanities Council (WVC: Feb 3, Feb 10, & Feb 24)

“Muslim Journeys” Film Series Explores Three Films from the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Series

WHAT: The Utah Humanities Council and the Utah Cultural Celebration Center present a series of films and discussions exploring Muslim themes.  The films are accompanied by glass sculpture and artwork by artist/scholar Andrew Kosorok, interpreting the “99 Names of God” in Islam.
               
WHEN:
Feb 3:     Prince Among Slaves
Feb 10:     Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Feb 24:     Koran by Heart
                               
Films begin at 7:30 p.m.  The Feb 10 and 24 films will be preceded by a short discussion with special guests introducing the film.

WHERE: 
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
WVC, UT 84119
                                                                                               
WHO: Everyone is invited to this film series; Free Admission

WHY: Prince Among SlavesIn 1788, the slave ship Africa set sail from West Africa, headed for the West Indies filled with a profitable but highly perishable cargo—hundreds of men, women, and children bound in chains. Six months later, one of its human cargo, a twenty-six-year-old man named Abdul Rahman, was transported and sold in Natchez, Mississippi. According to legends that developed around Abdul Rahman in antebellum America, he made the remarkable claim to the farmer who purchased him at the auction that he was an “African prince” and that his father would pay gold for his return. The offer was refused, and Abdul Rahman did not return to Africa for another forty years. During his enslavement he toiled on the Foster plantation, married, and fathered nine children. His story also made him one the most famous Africans in America for a time, attracting the attention of powerful men such as Secretary of State Henry Clay.
                               
     Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible WorldThis ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East. The film also examines the unique ways in which Islamic art turns calligraphy and the written word into masterpieces and develops water into an expressive, useful art form. 

     Koran by Heart: This ninety-minute film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and more than 1,400 years of history. It explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, and metal work. It revels in the use of color and finds commonalities in a shared artistic heritage with the West and East.

For more information about this and other exhibits or events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, please call 801-965-5100 or visit www.culturalcelebration.org, ‘like’ us on facebook atfacebook.com/CulturalCelebration or follow us on twitter @WVCUCCC.

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