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Journey to Mecca (2009)

One of the greatest travellers in human history, twenty-one-year-old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost thirty years later.... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chems-Eddine Zinoune Chems-Eddine Zinoune ... Ibn Battutah
Hassam Ghancy ... Highwayman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Essam Edriss Essam Edriss ... Hamza (voice)
Nabil Elouahabi ... Hamza
Ben Kingsley ... Narrator
Nadim Sawalha ... Ibn Mustapha
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One of the greatest travellers in human history, twenty-one-year-old law student Ibn Battutah set out alone to Mecca from Tangiers in 1325 and returned to Morocco almost thirty 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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English | Arabic

Release Date:

7 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Morocco See more »

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1.44 : 1
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This should have never been released for Imax
10 November 2010 | by EbonyksSee all my reviews

I saw this film and was blown away by the technical shortcomings, more specifically, how out of focus this entire film is. I'm not a regular Imax viewer, and this may be a very common problem, but it seemed as if virtually none of the film was in focus. I'd say less than 20-30% of footage had a clear focal point, and that was typically less than 10-20% of the total screen. The only exceptions were scenes involving CGI maps.

The topic was interesting, my knowledge of the hajj was limited prior to seeing this, and the film created the 14th century cities with style, but technical issues impacted my enjoyment of this film. It's a shame too, there are so many seemingly beautiful desert landscapes in this movie.


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