News Archive, 2000
|Reflections of the Fatimids|
Produced by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, Reflections of the Fatimids is a film based on the exhibition “Treasures of Fatimid Cairo” which recently toured at L'Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris) and at the Kunstlerhaus Museum in Vienna. The exhibition brought together a diverse range of Fatimid artefacts from around the world for the first time.
The film presents objects in their historical context and is animated by sequences filmed in Egypt. Dr. Shainool Jiwa (who lectures in Fatimid history at The Institute) and Fahmida Suleiman (an IIS doctoral student in Fatimid Art at the University of Oxford) point out the importance of specific pieces. Enlivening the narrative further, are excerpts from literature evocative of the life and times of the Fatimids, maps and specially composed music.
Reflections of the Fatimids was shown in London, England in May and the film will be launched in major cities around the world later in the year.