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TV documentary examines 'The Other Holy Land’ of Christianity … in Turkey
“The Other Holy Land,” a documentary that explores historical Christian sites in what is now Turkey and the role the region played in the development of Christianity, will air at [time], [date], on [station] public television.  For a preview and more information, go online to http://www.frankfrostproductions.com.


One of the many stone churches carved out of the rock of Cappadocia.
One of the many stone churches carved out of the rock found in Cappadocia, central Turkey

Whirling Dervish
Whirling Dervish, engaged in an ancient Sufi Muslim practice of meditation

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul was built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian as the
Patriarchal Basilica.  It later was used as a mosque, and now serves as a museum.

Library ruins in Ephesus, where Paul the Apostle formed Christian communities

Documentary examines The Other Holy Land’ of Christianity in Turkey; film to be available to public TV stations March 14

February 28, 2013
Dan Pitre
909-215-5656 (cell)

The Other Holy Land, a documentary that explores historical Christian sites in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey, is set for distribution to public television stations nationally on March 14. The film is being satellite distributed to more than 342 public television stations throughout the country as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Public TV stations, most of which are PBS affiliates, have a three-year window to air and re-broadcast the program. Viewers are urged to contact their local PTV station to learn if and when it is airing The Other Holy Land. Produced by Frank Frost Productions, McLean, Va., the film’s known broadcast schedules are available at www.frankfrostproductions.com.

Examining ancient archeological sites situated in a vibrant modern Turkey, the program traces the earliest history and growth of Christianity in a region that played a major role in the transformation of a “cult” called Christianity into a worldwide religion. Top scholars of archeology and history guide viewers through three geographical areas – Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Istanbul.

Orthodox Christians are a small minority in Turkey today, which is 99% Muslim, but the worldwide leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, still resides in Istanbul, where the patriarchy has roots tracing back to the 4th century, when the city was called Constantinople. The Other Holy Land features an interview with Patriarch Bartholomew, who is also seen in rare footage celebrating Christian liturgies at holy sites in Cappadocia.

“Turkey today is a very modern country, where visitors can still discover secret churches carved out of rock, visit markets and landscapes that seem unchanged over two millennia, gaze on ‘The Other Holy Land’ ancient icons, stand amid historic ruins, and walk in the footsteps of St. Paul,” said Frank Frost, the documentary’s writer and director. “ And they can do this in a country that is overwhelmingly Muslim, but which welcomes Christians to these holy places,” he added.

“Viewers of The Other Holy Land experience the contrast between booming modern Turkey and ancient Christian and pagan sites,” said Mary Frost, the film’s producer. “They rediscover the early communities that welcomed Paul of Tarsus and John the Evangelist. They recall how the Emperor Constantine lifted Christians from persecution and embraced their faith himself, helping to turn it away from a fledgling religion into the institution of Christianity that we know today.”

Filmed on location in Turkey, the crew included director Frank Frost; Bob Ebinger, director of photography; Rick Patterson, audio recordist; and Suzonna Sullivan, production manager. Robert Aubry Davis, a television and radio personality, is the film’s narrator.

Since its founding in1985, Frank Frost Productions has produced more than 30 high-caliber documentaries for national broadcast, including films that examine various dimensions of religion in dialogue with the secular marketplace. These films have aired on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and The Hallmark Channel.

The Other Holy Land is being distributed to PTV stations by NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association, Columbia, S.C. NETA provides quality programming to public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Major funders for this program are: ESBA┼× – The Aegean Free Zone; The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund; and Faith and Values Media.
For more information, including a preview of the documentary, go online to http://www.frankfrostproductions.com.