March 29, 2019

Community invited to participate in Films on the Islamic World at Kish

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. Assistant Professor of History Branden McCullough will facilitate discussion. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World, April 3, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
This breathtaking documentary provides viewers with a stunning tour of artwork and architecture from all 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. (90 minutes)

Koran by Heart: One Chance to Remember, April 11, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, room A1225
In this HBO documentary and film festival favorite, the viewer has the opportunity to follow 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 wonderful narrative about Islam’s place in the modern world and the struggles facing the next generation of Muslims. (80 minutes)

Saudi Arabia Uncovered, April 17, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
In this explosive PBS documentary, reporters go undercover to examine life in Saudi Arabia, particularly among those who have resisted the Saudi government. The rare look inside the life of Saudi dissidents and activists gives the viewer 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. (60 minutes)

Children of Syria, April 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Student Lounge, C1130
This timely 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. (60 minutes)

For more information about the film viewings, contact Associate Professor of Business, Marketing, and Management Tammy Tiggelaar at or 815-825-9478.