So, here’s a little-known story I’d never heard – that changed the course of history. Almost 800 years ago, St. Francis of Assisi walked into the enemy camp and started a friendship with the Islamic sultan Al-Kamil – a friendship that helped bring an end to the Crusades.

“The Sultan and the Saint” is a new film that tells this unbelievable – and true – story. In a time when religious wars were normal, two men of different faiths defied the expectations of their time, and changed the course of history.

I was honored to be asked to compose the music for this hour-long film (coming to PBS later this year), not only for the opportunity to create dramatic music, but for the opportunity to be a part of a film that tells a story that so relevant for today’s political climate.

To hear a short musical montage from the score, click here.