Finally, after more than two full years of work, our Persian version of Luminous Journey is being replicated. It has been a hard and incredible project, involving lots of help and support. Now 2 hours (instead of 2.5 hours), it is a work that reflects the Persian spoken in Iran today, with narrative voices all re-recorded. . . .
One of my students at the Art Institute borrowed a copy of the film. She filled out a film sheet in response; I will put her answers below!
Sound: the soundtrack is excellent, with perfect variations to lead the narration and different transitions very well done.
Lighting: there are some brighter scenes outdoors that are difficult to control but almost perfect with indoor scenes.
Editing: the editing is done well between photographs and live images and special effects.
Time sequence: the sequence is set perfectly by 'Abdu'l-Baha himself.
Cinematography: good. Very rich colors especially with the scenic sequences.
Costumes: excellent perfect period costumes and props.
Other: It is clear the amount of work and time that was contributed.
It relates to my religious beliefs. Although raised as a Christian, I have always believed the way he influenced people to be, that all religions should be at peace with each other.
The film was very effective. I cannot believe that his history is not more prominent to be learned in the United States. I learned a great deal. I even watched some with my boyfriend, who was raised Catholic, and he was very interested and impressed by the way he was.
I think this is an extremely important history that needs to be shared throughout the world, especially here in the U.S. He seemed to be a true prophet by the way he influenced so many people so positively. I would love to share this with family and friends because it applies to all of us--not one religion or race but humanity. I think this should be seen in churches of all types and in classes on religion.
(How's that for focus testing? I gave her the copy of the film to keep, so she can keep sharing it!)
Engaged in a Wilmette Institute course right now on 'Abdu'l-Bahá, I am inspired by many mysteries associated with His travels--and life, for that matter!
Here's an ever-significant quotation, for reflection (again)! The human race seems to yearn for distance to be annihilated and yet does not know how to go about it. Perhaps it's just really a matter of our working on our individual and collective "illumination"--and knowing about such potent figures as 'Abdu'l-Baha to help us!
"Whenever an illumined assembly of the friends of God is gathered, 'Abdu'l-Bahá, although bodily absent, is yet present in spirit and in soul.I am always a traveler to America and am assuredly associating with spiritual and illumined friends. Distance is annihilated and prevents not the close and intimate association of two souls that are closely attached in heart even though they may be in two different countries. I am therefore thy close companion, attuned and in harmony with thy soul." SWAB 145
This program to observe the anniversary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is designed to be uplifting and inspiring, providing an appreciation of the life and station of the Master. The steps below are meant as a guide and can be modified to meet your community’s needs. With a little effort and a lot of love you can create an experience your community will not soon forget.
This program to celebrate the Day of the Covenant is designed to be uplifting and inspiring, as if providing a glimpse into what it must have been like to be in the presence of the Master. We have included two program outlines for you to choose from. The first is between 30-45 minutes in length and the second is for a 60 minute program. The steps below are meant as a guide and can be modified to meet your community’s needs. With a little effort and a lot of love you can create an experience your community will not soon forget.