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Some Facts About the Film

Here are some interesting facts about the production of Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain.

Filming took place over a period of 18 months.
The re-enactments were filmed in studio facilities in Lithuania, one of the most cost-effective locations in Europe.
Filming included extensive shooting of art, landscapes, and architecture in Spain.
A team computer animated art from major museums through scanned color transparencies for color and detail accuracy.
The film uses three-dimensional high-color map imagery throughout the story to enhance viewers’ understanding of the migratory paths various groups and individuals took to reach Spain, as well as to highlight geographical events.
Cities of Light was filmed in High Definition.
The film features a commissioned original musical score, which incorporates Christian, Muslim and Jewish music themes of that time period, presented in the style of a modern cinematic score.
The film received an endorsement from The World Economic Forum, whose Council of 100 Leaders on West-Islamic World Dialogue (C-100) chose interfaith screenings of the film as a priority project.
The Cities of Light broadcast is accompanied by a grassroots dialogue campaign, called the 20,000 Dialogues.

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