Campus Notebook

Community invited to Islamic film series at KC

MALTA – Kishwaukee College’s International Education Committee is hosting a film viewing and discussion around the theme “Films on the Islamic World.”

There will be one film covered each week of April. Branden McCullough, assistant professor of history, will facilitate discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The schedule:

“Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World,” 10 a.m. to noon April 3, Student Lounge, C1130

This documentary provides viewers with a tour of artwork and architecture from across the Muslim world. Highlighting nine different countries, and covering a span of many centuries, this film demonstrates the wide variety of artistic styles, and how these expressions of beauty and faith have evolved over a millennia to illuminate Islam’s place in the global culture today.

“Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember,” 1 to 3 p.m. April 11, room A1225

This HBO documentary follows the lives of three children from the countries of Senegal, Tajikistan and Maldives as they compete in an international contest to learn and recite all 600 pages of the Koran. The film chronicles the family life, the successes, the failures and the dreams of these children, providing a narrative about Islam’s place in the modern world and the struggles facing the next generation of Muslims.

“Saudi Arabia Uncovered,” 10 a.m. to noon April 17, Student Lounge, C1130

In this PBS documentary, reporters go undercover to examine life in Saudi Arabia, particularly among those who have resisted the Saudi government. This look inside the life of Saudi dissidents and activists offers insight into the current political and economic issues facing the Saudi regime, and how they affect Saudi Arabia’s position in the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East.

“Children of Syria,” 1 to 3 p.m. April 25, Student Lounge, C1130

This film provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the struggle to live in the midst of Syria’s civil war. Chronicling the lives of four Syrian children, the PBS documentary follows their journey from tragedy in Aleppo to their escape and transition to life as refugees in Germany. Balancing grief and hope, this film captures the devastation and heartbreak of war, as well as the pain of starting over after losing everything.

For more information about the film viewings, contact Tammy Tiggelaar at or 815-825-9478.

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