Movie by SJB Filmmaker Airs Tuesday on PBS

"The Sultan and the Saint,"--a movie by San Juan Bautista resident, Michael Wolfe--will air Tuesday on PBS

On Tuesday, Dec. 26 a film by San Juan Bautista resident, Michael Wolfe, will air on PBS at 8 p.m.

The "The Sultan and the Saint" was inspired by the historic meeting that took place in 1219 between the future Catholic saint, Francis de Assisi, and the Muslim leader, Sultan Malik al-Kamil, during the Fifth Crusade.

As reported by BenitoLink last July, the hour-long film was released by Unity Productions Foundation (UPF), a production company co-founded by Wolfe. UPF’s mission “is to counter bigotry and create peace through the media,” according to its website. Wolfe served as the docudrama’s executive director.

The St. Francis Retreat in San Juan was one of 50 venues across the country that screened the movie before its t.v. debut. 

More information:

"The Sultan and the Saint" is not rated, but it contains some scenes of violence that may be inappropriate for children under 12 years old. Please use your own discretion.


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Frank Pérez

I’m a lifelong resident of San Benito County. I reside in Hollister with my wife, Brenda. I’m embarking on my 19th year at San Benito High School, where I teach world history and Mexican-American history. In addition, I'm moonlighting as a freelance journalist for BenitoLink. My passion is delving deeper into the nuances of the local, historical record, while including lesser-known stories of our past. My hope is that county residents will have a greater appreciation for the diversity and complexity of San Benito County, realizing that its uniqueness depends upon our responsibility as its stewards.