While filming for a travel vlog in Granada, Spain I visited the grave of possibly the most precious Islamic scholar of the 20th century - Muhammad Asad.
First I didn't know what to do with the footage I filmed there, but now it has become this short feature.
Born as Leopold Weiss, Muhammad Asad was a Jewish-born Austro-Hungarian journalist, traveler, writer, linguist, thinker, political theorist and diplomat. Asad was one of the most influential European Muslims of the 20th century. I recommend reading his moving autobiography, 'The Road to Mecca', which (apart from the Qur'an) is possibly the most accessible book to Islam for non-Muslims. To me as a Muslim myself it answered many questions, some of which I didn't even know I had before reading this book.
I just watched "Suicide Squad" and I couldn't help but notice that yet again, there was this same menace, that we keep seeing over and over again in blockbuster films that deal with the supernatural, be they Marvel, DC, Transformers or whatever other company that is set out to make a film about the destruction of the planet. It's always this tornado light beam, twisting and collecting debris. Ot it's a portal for spaceships. Or it's a huge shield that is hovering above earth. Something that's basically loading and almost exploding if it wasn't for super heroes saving the day one second before it's too late. Creating this race-against-time in a film is an old technique of storytelling and I really enjoy the suspense of it. Urging the protagonist to act quickly or else something really terrible will happen makes for some rapid and suspenseful storytelling. But please come up with something new, will ya'? Below are a few screenshots I took from some films in order to show you what I mean. I would post more examples, except for the fact that I'd be taking screenshots for the rest of my life. :-)
You've all seen this menace in films. Can you name further films that come to mind with the same destructive, loading light beam? "Star Wars" doesn't count. The Death Star is excused.