Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
Directed by Robert H. Gardner[1]
Narrated by Susan Sarandon
Theme music composer Charles David Denler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Editor(s) Jeremie Morrison
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) Unity Productions Foundation
Distributor KQED
Original network PBS
Original release July 7, 2012 (2012-07-07)

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World is a PBS documentary film that showcases the variety and diversity of Islamic art.[2] It discusses Islamic culture and its role in the rise of world civilization over the centuries. It was produced in 2011 by Alex Kronemer and Michael Wolfe of Unity Productions Foundation.

The film had its world premiere at the Kennedy Center on December 1, 2011. It was originally broadcast nationwide on July 6, 2012 on PBS, as part of their Arts Summer Festival programming.[3]

The film was screened at the Minnesota Film Festival and at the Arab Film Festival in San Francisco.[4] It was given the Accolade Global Film Competition's Award of Excellence in 2013.[5] and was named Best Educational Film at the International Family Film Festival.[6]

The film has been produced in DVD format, and is in the collection of about 500 libraries around the world.[7]


Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World shows audiences nine countries (Egypt, Israel, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Iran, Spain,[8] Mali and India) and over 1,400 years of history. It presents the stories behind many well-known works of Islamic Art and Architecture.[9]

The film is narrated by Susan Sarandon,[10] informs its audience about Islamic art,[11] from ornamented palaces and mosques to ceramics, carved boxes, paintings and metal work. It compares the artistic heritages of the West and East. The film also examines Islamic calligraphy and the use of water as an artform.[9]


Among the people in the film, the following are included:

See also


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