Sound of the Soul

October 12, 2017
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Does music have a special transcendent power ? What is “the hearing of the hear?”

Experience the healing power of music from the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music.

Sound of the Soul is a compelling portrait of an Arab country where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have lived together in relative peace for centuries. This powerful music-driven documentary demonstrates how music is a unifying, transcendent force, and a powerful starting point for reducing conflict and crossing religious divides. Beautifully photographed during the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Sound of The Soul presents unforgettable performances from groups from Morocco, Ireland, Russia, Afghanistan, Mauritania, the USA, Portugal and France.

Sound of the Soul has been shown to critical acclaim in festivals throughout the world, including Tribeca, Vancouver, Jerusalem, Tehran, Dubai, Sarajevo and elsewhere. An inspiring antidote to religious fundamentalism and violence, Sound of the Soul ultimately reveals the essential Oneness among all faiths, so aptly expressed in the Afghan singer Farida Mahwash’s closing affirmation: “Music has no religion, no borders, no boundaries. Music is the sound of the soul.”

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Sound of the Soul PBS 2017

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70min 32sec


  • Global Spirit - Parisa

    Global Spirit is a unique television series that investigates the most urgent philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth, and wisdom. Global Spirit brings together ancient wisdom traditions with the perspectives of world religions and modern science to help viewers define who we are as human beings and explore how this affects our relationships with our families, our communities, the environment and with the world at large.


  • Stephen Olsson

    Stephen Olsson is the creator, producer, and director of the Global Spirit series and Sound of the Soul documentary film. His previous work has received television’s three highest honors: the National Emmy Award for Outstanding Director, the duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, and the George Foster Peabody Award. His documentary films and television series have addressed national and international issues such as war, race relations, global development, immigration, human consciousness and other topics. His work has won critical acclaim and awards in festivals throughout the world (Sundance, Tribeca, Dubai, Vancouver, Jerusalem, Mill Valley, IDFA. etc) and has been broadcast on PBS (POV, Nova, & Frontline), CBS, NBC, National Geographic, BBC (UK) , CBC (Canada), Canal+, Arte (France), TV Asahi (Japan), TV Globo (Brazil) , and others. Stephen was a co-founder of the national satellite channel, Link TV, where he served for nine years as the VP of Original Programming. He created, produced and directed a number of original television series, including the Peabody Award-winning “Mosaic: World News from the Middle East,” “Spotlight,” “Bridge to Iran,” and “The Active Opposition,” featuring guests such as Walter Cronkite, Willy Nelson, Sean Penn, Noam Chomsky, Harry Belafonte, H.H. the Dalai Lama, and others.


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