The World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film was observed on 11 March in various countries around the world, including countries a diverse as Pakistan and the Philippines, with the aim by using culture, art and film create bridges of dialogue and understanding, which can lead a more peaceful world.
This day was created two years ago, in 2010, by San Francisco writer-producerJaved Mohammed, who proclaimed the day and week of 11 March each year, (six months opposite 11 September) as a special observance to share and discuss Muslim culture. The event aims to use "culture, art, and film to create a bridge and dialogue of understanding among faiths."
"In the post c9-11 era, with the war on terror going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other parts of the world a different approach other than military and political action needs to occur."
When everyone is talking at the "other", we must amongst other things turn to the universal language and themes that bring people together. Art is a part of culture that encompasses literature and the visual and performing arts like music, drama, dance and film.
The visual arts are art forms that create works which are chiefly visual in nature. Examples are ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, design and crafts as well as modern visual arts; photography, video, and filmmaking.
"World Day of Muslim Culture observed" Pakistan Times March 11, 2012
"World Day of Muslim Culture" Iqraa March 11, 2012
"World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue, and Film today" Manila Tempo March 11, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today