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The Sultan and the Saint (2016)

Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and ... See full summary »


Alexander Kronemer

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Credited cast:
Zack Beyer ... Sultan Al-Kamil
Jeremy Irons ... Narrator
Alexander McPherson ... St. Francis of Assisi
Patrick Boyer ... German Soldier (as Patrick W. Boyer Jr.)
Eric Kramer ... Cardinal Pelagius
Samuel Muriithi Samuel Muriithi ... General
Erik Soulliard Erik Soulliard ... Oliver of Paderborn
Richard El Khazen ... Lieutenant
Peter Muggleworth Peter Muggleworth ... Patriarch of Constantinople
Elliott Bales ... Pope Urban II
Steven Soto ... Muslim General
David Millstone ... Komnenos' Advisor
Tony Barber Tony Barber ... Peasant Crusader (as Anthony Barber)
Bob Schwartz Bob Schwartz ... Jewish Father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orlando Gonzalez Orlando Gonzalez ... Torturer


Two men of faith, one a traveling Christian preacher, the other the ruler of a Muslim Empire, bucked a century of war, distrust, and insidious propaganda in a search for mutual respect and common ground. It is the story of Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt, and their meeting on a bloody battlefield during the period of Christian- Muslim conflict known as the Crusades. Written by Alexander Kronemer

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In February 2017, 'The Sultan and the Saint' was awarded as Best Film on Religion in Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, in India. See more »

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Assuming this movie story is based on the book "The Saint and the Sultan" (same story) why was the name changed to The Sultan and the Saint?

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Like all great art, timely, though provoking and acutely relevant
1 April 2017 | by hlc-cicffSee all my reviews

From the Films on Religion category comes 'The Sultan and the Saint'. I was surprised to see this strong of an entry in a festival with such humble beginnings as the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival. A film that has obviously made its mark as a top quality production internationally, especially with the auspicious narration from Jeremy Irons. And then I thought, what perfect timing it was to circulate something positive and hopeful about the dynamics between Muslims and Christians….for a change.

This historical drama about a meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil during one of the many tedious and violent Crusades, is informative if not inspiring. The value of this production lies not only in the cinematography, design and location, but in the many experts who collaborated on the project. Historians, art historians, religious thinkers and social scientists collaborated, to share their areas of expertise to tell this story.

This is a hard review to write for me, being one who is empathetic toward the human condition. I'm an American and my country has been involved in much geopolitical posturing in the Middle East for decades. The War on Terror has thrust many a good person into a state of "nationalist" paranoia and this cannot stand if we are to continue on as a nation and as a species. Even though we all come from our own environmental "nurturing", we sometimes lose track of the historical causes for unrest when we're being hit hard by the effects of history today.

Written and Directed by Alex Kronemer, and featuring Alexander McPherson and Zack Beyer, this documentary is an example of what I like to call "good" propaganda. Art, as free as it pretends to be, can always be recruited for the agendas of church and state. The visual art of independent filmmaking demands a departure from the censorship of either. It was refreshing to see how opposites can attract no matter how polarized the status quo has become to form a unifying message.

Like all great art, timely, though provoking and acutely relevant.

E.J. Wickes/Cult Critic/CICFF

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