Documentary filmmaker Alex Kronemer wants to help end the clash of civilizations, a battle he says he’s witnessed in one form or another since childhood.
His Jewish father and Christian mother divorced and succumbed to religious mud-slinging. His mother’s Protestant ministers asserted that most people were going to hell, souring his view on religion even more. But as Kronemer continued seeking faith, he found it in Islam.
Although Kronemer, now 57, considered religion a personal issue, Sept. 11 compelled him to use his skills to tell stories that would help Americans better understand his adopted faith. He co-founded Unity Productions Foundation and produced several award-winning films, including Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet and Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain.
His newest work, Prince Among Slaves, will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesday on UNC-TV. The film tells the story of Abdul Rahman Ibrahim Sori, an African Muslim prince who was captured into slavery but persevered with faith and eventually found freedom, redemption and a return to Africa.