Luminous Journey: Abdu’l-Baha in America, 1912

Film Chronicling ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s Journey to North America Shown at Little Rock Theater

On November 29, 2013 the film “Luminous Journey: Abdu’l-Baha in America, 1912” was shown at the Market Street Theater in West Little Rock. The film recounts the historic visit of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith, to America in 1912. It chronicles the 239-day visit of ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the United States and Canada. During this historic journey, ‘Abdu’l-Baha delivered His Father’s message of universal peace, unity between the East and the West, racial harmony, gender equality, and offered a vision of the United States as a powerful ethical and spiritual nation.

luminous‘Abdu’l-Baha encountered thousands of people while traveling, mostly by train, from coast to coast, attracting the notice of the press and imbuing America with a new sense of its spiritual destiny.

His public talks captivated all strata of American society, and ‘Abdu’l-Baha met with a variety of leaders of the day, including inventor Alexander Graham Bell, explorer Admiral Peary, author W.E.B. Dubois, and peace advocate Jane Addams. The film captures the feel of the era through archival photographs and film clips, colorful historic reenactments, animations and a lush original orchestrated soundtrack.

In addition to seeing the film in selected theaters around the country, it is also available for home viewing. Learn more at