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Journey to Mecca (2009)

One of the greatest travelers in human history, 21 year old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost 30 years later. This is the ... See full summary »

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Bruce Neibaur
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Credited cast:
Chems-Eddine Zinoune Chems-Eddine Zinoune ... Ibn Battutah
Hassam Ghancy ... Highwayman
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Essam Edriss Essam Edriss ... Hamza (voice)
Nabil Elouahabi ... Hamza
Ben Kingsley ... Narrator
Nadim Sawalha ... Ibn Mustapha
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One of the greatest travelers in human history, 21 year old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost 30 years later. This is the story of his first pilgrimage, book-ended with never-before seen documentary footage of the contemporary Hajj. Filmed for initial presentation in IMAX and other giant screen cinemas. Written by Jonathan Barker

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Drama | History

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Canada | USA

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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1.44 : 1
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The experience of one histories most amazing adventures
4 February 2009 | by AnthonySee all my reviews

Journey to Mecca tells the story of a young lawyer from Morroco - Ibn Battuta who traveled from Morocco to Mecca and later to China about 700 years ago. He traveled more than 4,000 kilometers over desert by himself, dealing with bandits, wars, and the Sahara on the way.

The images in this HUGE Imax film of the Sahara, Mecca and Arab culture are stunning and memorable. I have to say it was one of the first IMAX film where I really felt moved (along with Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure). The explanation of the Haj are clear and informing.

This was apparently a very hard movie to film. They had to get approval by the King of Saudi to shoot it. Also none of the crew were allowed to view the Kabba so they had to hire and train a local crew specially for the task.

The result is a stunning experience of a movie. Excellent story, excellent movie… Highly recommended


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