Muslim Journeys

Georgetown Library

Muslim Journeys

Special Documentary Series

This October the Georgetown Neighborhood Library will host Muslim Journeys, a special, month-long celebration of Islamic culture. Please join us for a special documentary film series. We will show four films about Islamic art and culture. All screenings are free and open to the public. Please note that the screenings are matinees.

Poster for "Mirror of the Invisible World"Poster for "Koran by Heart"Poster for "Prince Among Slaves"Poster for "Islamic Art Spots"

Friday, Oct. 4, 2:30 p.m. -- Islamic Art : Mirror of the Invisible World  (2011)
NR, 90 minutes
Travel to nine countries and experience 1,400 years of Muslim arts, crafts, and architecture. The film explores distant locations and rare pieces of art to illuminate the history of a global culture. Learn more about the Islamic world as it developed over centuries and as it is today.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2:30 p.m. -- Koran by Heart  (2011)
NR, 80 minutes
Every year, over a hundred young people from 70 countries across the Islamic world arrive in Cairo to compete in the world's oldest and most prestigious Koran reciting contest. Three 10-year-old children - two boys and one girl - leave their native countries to participate in the International Holy Koran Competition.

*Sunday, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m. -- Prince Among Slaves  (2008)
NR, 60 minutes
In 1776, a 26-year-old slave in Natchez, Miss., made an astonishing claim: that he was the prince of a large and advanced African kingdom. He told the truth. Watch the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori and his ability to maintain dignity under adverse circumstances.

Friday, Oct. 25, 2:30 p.m. -- Islamic Art Spots  (2012) 
NR, 70 minutes
Professor Fairchild Ruggles leads seven short essays that focus on important achievements of Islamic art: calligraphy, architecture, travel, gardens, textiles, geometry and illuminated manuscripts.