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Screening a UPF Films production

AHOPE is collaborating with interfaith partners to bring UPF’s latest film, The Sultan and the Saint, to Rhode Island!  This docu-drama demonstrates the peace and tolerance between Muslims and Christians by portraying the interaction between Saint Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt and how this incident changed the tide of history.

When:
Sunday, April 30th 2017, 2pm to 4pm

Where:
Paff Theater at URI Providence,
80 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Purchase your ticket now. This will be a SOLD OUT event.

About the Film

PF‘s 60 minute film, The Sultan and the Saint tells one of the great, lost stories from history. Set in a past period of East-West conflict, it speaks with urgency to our present. Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian-Muslim conflict known as the Crusades.

Many people reference the Crusades in various ways, but few know the most important facts:

  • That the Crusades began with dehumanizing rhetoric that tapped into something primal and dangerous and violent in the human mind.
  • That it resulted in four generations of escalating conflict and full-scale war.
  • And that it seemed to have no end. But then—while sliding on the evermore slippery road to ultimate destruction—Francis of Assisi undertook one of the bravest risks in the history of peacemaking by crossing enemy lines to meet with the Sultan of a supposedly cruel and Satanic enemy
  • That Sultan responded with one of the greatest humanitarian acts in the history of warfare by saving the hated Crusaders from starvation when the flooding of the Nile trapped their army of 50,000.
  • And finally, that this little known encounter between these two men helped suck the venom out of the conflict and ultimately ended this seemingly endless war.

This story is history in the present tense.  Not only is the story itself is very dramatic with many fascinating twists and turns, with central characters who are more compelling than even their legends would have them, but it inspires solutions for the negative atmosphere we find ourselves in today.