The Franciscan Action Network and Unity Productions Foundation are proud to announce the world premiere of a new docudrama film, the Sultan and the Saint, based on the familiar story of Francis of Assisi’s visit to the Sultan al-Kamil in the 13th century.
In the year 1220, during the height of the bloody Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.
Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life. Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others. Audiences will learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they both took for peace.
The world premiere of the film is in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 12th, 2016 at 7pm in the Lisner Auditorium of George Washington University. You can reserve tickets here and use the promotional code FAN for a $5 discount.
If you are not in the DC Metro Area, check the UPF website for a premiere happening in a city near you. If you don’t see your city on the premiere list, contact us to set up a showing.