April 27, 2016

Dearest Bahá’í Friends,

The National Spiritual Assembly has just received word that the Voice of America (VOA) Persian Service will―this coming Saturday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m. EDST (8:00 p.m. in Tehran)―be airing in Persian an abbreviated version of the documentary film Luminous Journey: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in America, 1912, transmitted via Ekran.

This original film, created by Anne and Tim Perry of Perry Productions, brings to light a facet of American history little known to the average citizen: ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s 239-day sojourn in the United States and Canada in 1912, the transforming effects of which are still being felt more than a century later.

The abbreviated version of the film being broadcast to Iran by VOA was prepared by an Iranian filmmaker, Mr. Karim Bakhtiary, eager to introduce ‘Abdu’l-Bahá to an Iranian audience that has never been given an opportunity to know Him nor to recognize Him as a significant Iranian Whose ideas, character, writings, and talks have profoundly influenced both notables and ordinary people alike.

Please make the broadcast information above available to the Iranian friends in your community at your earliest opportunity, asking them to share it with their families and acquaintances so that this inspiring story will be seen as widely as possible in Iran and in Iranian circles abroad.

With loving Bahá’í greetings,

Kenneth E. Bowers

National Spiritual Assembly of the
Bahá’ís of the United States

April 28th, 2016

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Extraordinary things are happening! The Persian version is now being broadcast in Iran and in Afghanistan and has also been put up on youtube.
نسخه كامل و فارسي «سفری پرفروغ»، مستندی است درباره سفر عبدالبهاء​،یک ​شخصیت برجستۀ ایرانی،​ ​به آمریکا در سال ۱۹۱۲ .
برای اطلاعات بیشتر، یا دریافت آثار عبدالبهاء و کتاب‌هایی درباره او، با ایمیل زیر تماس بگیرید


March 10th, 2016

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A new review of our film, by Jack McLean, appears in the first “issue” of e*lix*ir (a new arts journal): See

November 27th, 2015

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Very exciting–see

November 9th, 2015

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The Persian-language version of Luminous Journey is now available in three places:

This website (see “Store”)

9 Star Media: (Here one can even order a downloadable version)

and BDS:

LJ PV DVD Cover ART (web)

October 12th, 2015

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Our second screening of the Persian-language version of Luminous Journey occurred this afternoon at the Friends of Persian Culture conference in the Chicago area. Probably 200 people or so came in to see the film; we were able to show 1:15 min. of it, and then announce its DVD availability in the bookstore.

One woman from Dubai bought 2 copies, and a number of people from Australia did as well. Somehow, it is very touching to me that the film will go out to these places.  Here I am, introducing the film.

And here is Jon Rezin and I at his 9 Star Media Booth. . . .He has multiple arms in the panoramic shot!

9 star Jon & 9 star Jon at Per conf Persian conf pic weird art

September 4th, 2015

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Thursday, August 6, 2015  2:00–4:00 pm
Association for Baha’i Studies Conference

Hyatt Regency Orange County

11999 Harbor Blvd

Garden Grove, CA 92840

LJ PV DVD Cover ART (web)

August 4th, 2015

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Our Persian version of Luminous Journey is finally at the replication company! What a long, hard, worthy project–with many challenges! We are grateful to all who helped us with it.  We’ll have several hundred copies at the ABS conference, which will be the screening premiere. Then more at the Persian conference in Chicago!

LJ PV DVD Cover ART (web)  LGL3159 UD100-Disc 1_p001  AGL4088 DVDB101_Out-PrntOption_p001

July 24th, 2015

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One of my students at the Art Institute borrowed a copy of the film.  She filled out a film sheet in response; I will put her answers below! 

Sound: the soundtrack is excellent, with perfect variations to lead the narration and different transitions very well done.

Lighting: there are some brighter scenes outdoors that are difficult to control but almost perfect with indoor scenes.

Editing: the editing is done well between photographs and live images and special effects.

Time sequence: the sequence is set perfectly by ‘Abdu’l-Baha himself.

Cinematography: good. Very rich colors especially with the scenic sequences.

Costumes: excellent perfect period costumes and props.

Other: It is clear the amount of work and time that was contributed.

June 21st, 2015

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It’s been so long since we’ve posted anything! I need to add the photos from the DC trip–from back in November!

Today we got a very special message:

I have just watched Luminous Journey–albeit a few years late! And it is marvelous. Just magnificent! A friend kindly loaned it to me – the last three days I’ve watched parts of it every day, savoring and going back to catch parts I didn’t quite remember or get. Thank you so much for this extraordinary film!! Linda Covey

Then, after I thanked Linda, she wrote:

I think everyone should see this. It’s perfect for deepening, for firesides, or meditating upon the life of Abdul Baha. Every single Bahai should have this in their library!

I am amazed at how much you pulled together- so much history of the States at that time even–how buildings looked, along with treasured and priceless pictures. The dress of the period- and so many pictures of Abdul Baha, his carriage, car, snapshots…more personal, up close – and ‘human’! (I’m sure you know what I mean.) It’s awe-inspiring and made me more determined than ever. I was wishing I’d had it for my religion and human culture classes in China.

March 27th, 2015

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