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.
UPF’s Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is a stunning achievement in documentary film making. It opens a window onto a sight of Islam so often neglected in the west. The aesthetic, beauty, and culture offer an opening for us all to start a dialogue on the values that we share and hold in common. –Karen Armstrong, Award-Winning Author of Religion
Matters of faith continue to divide people in dreadful ways, but there has always been at least one thing that religions have in common the urge to express belief through art. That’s a point driven home in a sumptuous 90 minute documentary by Baltimore filmmaker Robert Gardner airing this week on PBS. Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, narrated by Susan Sarandon, provides a welcome look into a cultural legacy little known and little appreciated in this country. –The Baltimore Sun
Islamic art puts a face on a lot of the uncertainties Western society has about Islamic culture, and also it sheds light on some shared histories between western culture and Islamic culture, and shows a continuity rather than a break –Afshan Bokhari, assistant professor of art history at Suffolk University in Boston, Mass.