A thousand years ago in southern Spain—then called al-Andalus—Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived together and thrived. Their cultures and beliefs intertwined and the knowledge of the ancients was gathered and reborn, helping plant the seeds of the Renaissance. This world, however, would vanish too quickly, its fragile union swept away by greed, fear, and intolerance, and by puritanical judgments and absolutism that snuffed out the light of learning. The film ends by asking what we can learn from this and whether history must repeat itself. The film features outstanding cinematography and writing. Teachers guide and lesson plans included in pdf format. Grades 6 and up. Closed captioned. Color. 116 minutes. UPF. ©2007.
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