Dede Ruggles Appears in Documentary
The film is described as recounting “a story from the past that’s especially timely today: the story of a remarkable time in history when Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common cultural identity that frequently transcended their religious differences. The film retraces a nearly 800-year period in medieval Spain, from the early 8th through late 15th centuries, during which the three groups, though they competed and sometimes fought, managed to sustain relationships that enabled them to coexist, collaborate and flourish. The film blends evocative location cinematography with dramatic and lifelike animation to take viewers on a fascinating journey through the cities at the center of the story: Cordoba, Seville, Toledo and Granada. We will discover what made this rare and fruitful collaboration possible and what ultimately tore it apart.”
As an internationally recognized authority on landscapes in the Islamic world, with a special interest in Spain, Ruggles served as an advisor for the film. Watch clips from the documentary.