Premiere of The Sultan and the Saint - A film about Christian-Muslim peace

ICSOA members attended Australian premiere of The Sultan and the Saint on 29 July 2017 at the Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South Campus. This film was about the historic meeting between St Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, Malik Al-Kamil, during the conflict of the Fifth Crusade. This film delivered the message of Christian-Muslim relations and Face-to-face meeting at a time of conflict resolves issues and differences. In our times of Islamophobia, fear & suspicion, premier of this film had re-endorsed the sign of the friendship.

The film echoes an amazing display of humanity and a message that sincere faith in God can transcend conflict in a way that can grow one’s commitment to peace and love of God.

The Australian premiere of this film was a wonderful opportunity to do so.

International journalist and Sydney presenter of TEN Network News, Hugh Riminton was the MC for the Australian premiere. After the screening, there were formal responses from a Muslim theologian, Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp, and a Franciscan Friar, Br Matthew Beckmann OFM and Professor Kevin Dunn of Western Sydney University.

Rev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC, Coordinator of the Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, said the film’s message was very relevant to our times. Audience discussion was continued over refreshments.

The screening is being co-hosted by Affinity Intercultural Foundation, Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay, Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations, Diocese of Parramatta, Franciscan Provincial Office Australia, Islamic Sciences and Research Academy(ISRA), Uniting Church in Australia, and Western Sydney University.

This event was supported by ICSOA- Indian Crescent Society of Australia. A good number of ICSOA members- including senior Indian Muslim diaspora Dr Qazi Ashfaq Ahmed and Mr Kamil Kazmi were present at the premiere.

It was good to meet and network with several individuals / leaders who practice different religious practices.