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Curator's Note:

The PBS Arts Summer Festival expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television, with a multi-part weekly series and new original online content that takes viewers across the country and around the world.

Award-winning television, film and stage star Anna Deavere Smith (“Nurse Jackie,” “The West Wing”) will serve as weekly host for the Summer Festival, which begins Friday, June 29, 2012.

Broadcast Schedule:

Mariachi High - June 29th

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World - July 6th

Tales from a Ghetto Klown - July 13th

Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony - July 20th

Havana, Havana! - July 27th

The Barnes Collection - August 3rd

Great Performances: Tanglewood - August 10th

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

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Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division. Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates.

Airdate(s): 7/6/2012 - 9:00 - 10:30 PM

(check your local PBS station for full schedule details)



Executive Producers: Alexander Kronemer Michael Wolfe

Producer/Director: Rob Gardner

Narrator: Susan Sarandon

Producer/Production Manager: Char Gardner

Writer/Co-producer: Carrie Gardner

Original Music Composer: Charles David Denler

Director of Photography: Nick Gardner

Additional Cinematography: Shawn Baron Regis Becker Rob Gardner

Camera Assistant: Jason Remeikis

DIT/Sound: Jeremy Morrison Jon Race

Lighting Technicians: Shawn Baron Mark Hutchings Thomas Neivolt

Jib Operator/Dolly Grip: Shawn Baron

Hair and Make-Up Ariel Cassarella: Cheryl Kinion

Production Coordinator: Mali Amadou Thiam

Djenne Coordinator: Lassine Kayentao

Production Services: India Earthcare Productions Ltd.

Art Director Re-enactments: Iran Majid Mirfakraei

Editor/Computer Graphics:  Jeremy Morrison

3D Mosque Animation: Suleymaniye Jon Race

3D Mosque Animation: Djenne Zamani Research Group University of Cape Town

Voice-over: Djenne Ahmadou Hama el Hady Maiga

Sound Mixing: Clean Cuts

Film Transfer: Colorlab

Art and Architecture Consultants: Sheila S. Blair Jonathan M. Bloom

Archival: The David Museum, Copenhagen The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore The Bridgeman Art Library Said Nuseibeh Photography Metropolitan Museum of Art The Trustees of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Aerial Photography for Archaeology in the Middle East

Transcriptions Rogers Word Service

For Unity Productions Foundation: Jawaad Abdul Rahman - Director of Development Daniel Tutt - Outreach Director Patricia Langan – Managing Director Sarah Kalimullah – Development Coordinator Zeki Göbelez – Business Coordinator Bill Murray – Financial Advisor Fernando Cevallos – IT Coordinator Léna Sulpovar - Outreach Associate Haley Wright – Intern

Special Thanks Russ Suniewick Mette Korsholm Anne-Marie Bernsted Violet Diallo Hasseye Maiga Swati Khanna D. Ruggles Fairchild Mohammad al-Asad Noha Bakr Heinz Ruther Huda Totonji John Voll Kjeld von Folsach, The Board of Directors and Staff of The David Museum.

This program was produced by Unity Productions Foundation, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2011 Unity Productions Foundation

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