Watch this excellent short film that brings to life the fascinating story of Ibn al-Haytham.
Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light.
In the film, the brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia embarks upon a quest to uncover ancient mysteries that would change our world forever.
The film directed by Ahmed Salim stars legendary actor Omar Sharif, Macey Chipping, voice over by Khalid Abdalla and features music composed exclusively by Sami Yusuf.
It was launched during the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and is produced by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO.
According to Muslim heritage, the film is part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 that has engaged more than 30 million people around the world.
1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, United Nations and the New York Academy of Sciences in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London, the Jordan Museum in Amman and in more than ten other cities around the world.