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Journey back a thousand years in this groundbreaking series about the life and times of the legendary Muslim leader, Salahadin Ayoubi.
Journey back a thousand years in this groundbreaking series about the life and times of the legendary Muslim leader, Salahadin Ayoubi.
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This project seeks to produce a series about Salahadin (Saladin), the 12th century Muslim leader who won back Jerusalem from the Crusaders. The story of Salahadin is an epic tale that has been told many times in the past, but our vision is exceptionally different from any other before. 

First, unlike most projects before, our aim is to produce an entertaining and informative series that focuses on historical accuracy, in order to shed light on the cultural and religious aspects of the Middle East. 

Second, although most stories portray Salahadin’s latter days, during his encounter with the Crusaders, our project will initially center on his early days, in detail, as he began his journey and rose to power as “the most chivalrous man in history.” The Middle East has been experiencing a period of division and sectarianism, a problem not unique to our time, and we believe that we can learn through history and especially through the story of Salahadin. This timely tale will offer both people residing in the Muslim world, as well as those in the West a better understanding of various representations of Islam, in particular its plurality, as well as its historical tradition. Bridging these differences can be done usefully through the medium of entertainment, a language everyone speaks, that pervades cultures and societies. 

We MUST RAISE at least $80,000 in order to produce the pilot episode. Thanks to generous donors as well as our own personal investments we have so far raised a few thousand dollars that were spent on the production of the trailer. Our expenses included purchasing props, custom-made Middle Eastern clothing, set design, camera and lighting, and online social media expenses. This project has been a 100% volunteer based effort led by passionate college students, but we need your support, financial or otherwise, to keep it alive. Spread the message and check out our donation page to help, and most of all, check out the trailer! Thank you!

Expected Release: August 2014

Mr. Kayali with the wardrobe.
Mr. Kayali with the wardrobe.
Arabian Horse. BG Equestrian Farm Ocala, Florida
Arabian Horse. BG Equestrian Farm Ocala, Florida
The Cast and Crew. Ocala, Florida
The Cast and Crew. Ocala, Florida

The SHIRT!

If the Lord Wills it Salahadin T-shirt
If the Lord Wills it Salahadin T-shirt

Risks and challenges

The first challenge is finding the right location. There are several locations to choose from all around the world. It would be cost effective to travel to a desert within the United States, however, there is little access to Middle Eastern props and costumes. Our clothing for the trailer was custom made. We made the design and purchased the clothing for a local member of the community to make. We made a dozen outfits for $500. The rest of the props ( bow and arrows, gauntlets, etc.) were also difficult to find and so we had to make some of those ourselves. Props and clothing are so crucial, especially to a project like this where a certain culture and time period must be displayed. It can be quite costly.

We prefer to travel to OMAN and/or Dubai and film there since both locations have ideal environments (deserts, mountains, rivers, beaches, oceans, tents, forts and small castles). Both are Arab states and so access to Middle Eastern clothing and props are much more accessible and cheaper. We have family and friends there and so lodging expenses would be little to none.

We are leaning more towards filming the majority of the pilot in the Middle East for now, however, it is dependent on how much we can raise.

Casting might also be tough since we have characters with very unique personalities. We will need to be thorough with our casting in order to get it just right with our actors/actresses.

There are a number of issues that can arise during production and post-production in any film project, however, we are determined to work through them as we have thus far and make this happen. We have the talent, the commitment, and the experience to really create something special.

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    Your an archer or "RAMEE" in Arabic. You have a long range with the wallet. You strike at the right moment and you have precise accuracy. $25 is the most popular reward on Kickstarter. This battle is lost without you. Your skill is rewarded with a Salahadin wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter.

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    You're cavalry. You're a skilled rider, travel quickly, and you're the flank's worst nightmare. You fear no one and for your bravery you are rewarded with a SALAHADIN T-shirt, wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter.

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    You're a Mamluk or heavy cavalry. You're a force to be reckoned with and with every gallop you strike fear into the enemy's heart. You are honored with a private audience with the Sultan of Egypt (Salahadin) through sorcery (AKA Skype), a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and a shout out on Twitter.

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    You're a surgeon (no MCAT required). You're an expert in the field of medicine and a driving force behind the Islamic Golden Age. You are the best doctor in the East. For your service, you will be rewarded with a prop from the trailer, a private audience (via Skype) with Salahadin, a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on twitter.

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    You're a scholar, respected by many. You're a spiritual leader and highly educated in the sacred and worldly sciences. You are one of Salahadin's closest friends and confidants. For your service, you will be rewarded with our trailer soundtrack, a prop from the trailer, a private audience ( via Skype) with Salahadin, a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter.

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    You're a Royal Mamluk General. You're skilled in the art of warfare and command the lives of many men. You're the first to enter Jerusalem after its recapture from the Crusaders. You're honored with a producer credit, a signed group picture of the cast and crew, Skype session with Salahadin, a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on twitter.

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    You're an Ameer (Prince). You're power and influence is widespread among the tribes. You're the sole guardian of the land. You're honored with a dinner in your name with your advisers (the cast and crew), a producer credit, a signed group picture of the cast and crew,a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter. (Travel and lodging expenses not covered)

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    You're a Khalifa. You come from a long line of leaders and noble blood. You're always a step ahead of your enemies.You spend for the cause of good and this has protected your throne. You're honored with a horseback riding lesson with Salahadin, a dinner held in your honor with your most trusted advisers (the cast and crew), a producer credit, a signed group picture of the cast and crew, a wristband, access to the pilot upon its release, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter. (Travel and lodging expenses not covered)

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    You. Are. A. LEGEND. Your name is known long before your death and long after it. Both your enemies and allies praise you. Your sacrifices are key to this victory. You are honored with a ticket to the premier of the pilot, your name in the end of the credits in a LARGER font, a dinner held in your honor with your most trusted advisers (the cast and crew), a producer credit, signed group picture of the cast and crew, wristband, T-shirt, a thank you message and shout out on Twitter. Lodging and Travel included =)

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