The University of Saint Francis is presenting the free Fort Wayne premiere of the film “The Sultan and the Saint” on Saturday, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, lessened the negative impact of the Crusades on Muslims and improved the relationship between Muslims and Christians.
Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this story is brought to life in “The Sultan and the Saint.” Scholars interviewed in the film include Fr. Michael Cusato, O.F.M. (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren, O.S.F. (Sisters of St. Francis of Rochester, MN), Dr. Suleiman Ali Mourad (Smith College), Dr. Homayra Ziad (Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (Brooklyn College), and others.
Mayor Tom Henry, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, Imam Nuhu Abdulai, and USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss will be in attendance and offer remarks before the film. In addition, Bishop Rhoades and Imam Abdulai will offer a prayer together.
For more information and to register for the free event, please visit: sultansaintfortwayne.eventbrite.com. This event is sponsored by USF Campus Ministry, the Office of Mission Integration and Spirituality, and the Office of Service and Social Action, as well as Fort Wayne Friends of Unity Productions Foundation.