SOURCE: Hannover House

August 28, 2006 13:09 ET

Historic Clash Between Peaceful and Violent Islamic Factions Presented in Acclaimed Film "The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam"

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 28, 2006 -- When director Kayvan Mashayekh set out to make a film on Omar Khayyam, the legendary 11th Century Persian Poet and Scientist, he didn't expect to discover insights into contemporary events. But the tension between his two primary characters resonates in today's Islamic Religion, where diverging opinions over the course of the faith's interpretation are on a collision course with Western ideals.

"Omar Khayyam is a revered figure throughout the World, especially in the Middle East, because of his philosophy of reason above faith," said Mashayekh. "Many of his principles were couched in the concept that God has given you a mind and you have a duty to use it to and to seek the truth in your life," he continues, "In our film, Omar's best friend from childhood is the infamous Hassan Sabbah, considered by many as the original Osama Bin-Laden. Hassan Sabbah was known as 'The Old Man of the Mountains' and hid himself in a mountaintop castle where his followers conducted a campaign of terror by assassinating important public figures and martyring themselves in furtherance of a similar idea to exactly what is happening today." During the time when Omar lived, the First Crusades were launched, increasing the tension in the region by introducing a new clash of faiths between Christians and Muslims.

"The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam" is an English language Epic historic feature about an extraordinary man and the circumstances that influenced his philosophy. His most famous literary work became enormously successful in the West (known as "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam") and to this day remains as one of the best-selling books of all time. The movie was shot almost entirely on location in Uzbekistan, where director Mashayekh was able to utilize impressive settings and 1000-year-old structures. The story is told through the eyes of a present day American boy as he hears the tale of his ancestor from his dying brother in flashbacks.

"We're extremely proud of the film, and especially pleased at the strong response we've received from the theatrical audiences in America where it played in 14 US cities for nearly one year," said Mashayekh. "People really relate to the romance of the era, the love story subplot, and the big-scale authentic production values one expects from historic epics," concluded Mashayekh.

"The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam" will be released to the DVD market on September 5th, at $24.95 suggested retail. Videos will be available at Wal-Mart, Hollywood Video, Blockbuster Video, Netflix, and other retailers. Additional information, including a trailer and images can be accessed at

2005 Theatrical Release -- DVD Street Date: Sept. 5, 2006
Item HH 00003/UPC 1-85454-00003-2, 95 Mins., Color, Dolby Stereo, Rated PG.
English, with optional Persian and Spanish Subtitles. Widescreen aspect
 ratio 1.85:1 / Closed-Captioned.
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