New York, NY - The Other Holy Land, filmed in Turkey and the United States and including interviews with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, Bishop Kallistos Ware, Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University and other noted theologians and historians, will air on the Hallmark Channel, September 28, 2003. The World Premiere television program will be broadcast nationally at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT (6:00 a.m. CT) and 12 Noon ET/PT (11:00 a.m. CT). Check your local TV listing or call your cable or satellite provider for satellite and channel number.
The one-hour documentary combines travelogue, art, and history in exploring the roots of Christianity in Turkey. The program features four geographical areas -- Constantinople, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Smyrna where it becomes strikingly clear that the history of Christianity in The Other Holy Land is also the history of the Greek Orthodox Church. The use of dramatized voices brings to life primary texts from the early Fathers and Church writers; early texts are juxtaposed with visuals of today?s religious services including a Divine Liturgy celebrated by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Cappadocia.
Produced by Frank Frost Productions in cooperation with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Office of News and Information and GOTelecom, the documentary was funded by the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, The Aegean Free Trade Zone and Faith & Values Media.
Participants in addition to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop Demetrios and Bishop Kallistos include: Rev. Dr. Robert G. Stephanopoulos, Dean of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, NYC; Rev. Dr. Demetrios Constantelos, Professor Emeritus of History and Religion, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, Minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, NYC; Dr. Helen Evans, Curator for Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Robert Ousterhout, Ph.D, Archeologist, Professor of Architectural History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and narrator, Robert Aubry Davis.
Videotape copies of this program are available for purchase at $19.99 each, plus $6 shipping. Tapes will be shipped in mid-November 2003.
To order call GOTelecom at 1-800-888-6835.
For more information and to find Hallmark stations in your area log on to: www.goarch.org or www.hallmarkchannel.com