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Old October 23rd, 2016, 03:02 AM   #1

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The Sultan and the Saint

I alawys thought to myself this story about Saint Francis of Assisi meeting with Sultan Al Kamil needs to be brought to the big screens, and now here we have it. I have posted numerous times about this tremendous story, and to now see it will be brought to light for more to see is like an early Christmas gift.

Looking forward to this one. ^

With the rise of new forms of extremism across the Middle East and North Africa, Christians and Muslims around the world are facing a media narrative that pits both communities against one another. FAN is excited to be partnering with Muslim film production company Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) to bring about a film that will serve as a counter-narrative to inspire Muslims, Christians, and others to take risks for peace and greater understanding.

In 1219, in the midst of the disastrous Fifth Crusade, Francis crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with al-Kamil, the sultan of Egypt. Francis, who opposed the warfare, hoped to bring about peace by converting the sultan to Christianity. He didnít succeed, but came away from the peaceful encounter with revolutionary ideas that called for Christians to live harmoniously with Muslims. Thus began a relationship between the two that lasted the rest of their lives, each man risking his life to promote peace between their faiths. This story, which is well known among Franciscans, has mainly, until now, been told from the Christian perspective. UPF had the idea for producing a live action docu-drama from the Muslim perspective and approached FAN for some Franciscan experts in this area to include.

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