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Journey to Mecca tells the story of Ibn Battuta (played by Chems
Eddine Zinoun), a young scholar who leaves Tangier in 1325 on an epic and
perilous journey, traveling alone from his home in Morocco to reach Mecca, some
3,000 miles to the east.
Ibn Battuta is besieged by countless obstacles as he makes his way across the
North African desert to Mecca. Along the route he meets an unlikely stranger,
the Highwayman (played by Hassam Ghancy) who becomes his paid protector and
eventual friend. During his travels he is attacked by bandits, dehydrated by
thirst, rescued by Bedouins, and forced to retrace his route by a war-locked Red
Ibn Battuta finally joins the legendary Damascus Caravan with thousands of
pilgrims bound for Mecca for the final leg of what would become his 5,000-mile,
18-month journey to Mecca.
When he arrives in Mecca, he is a man transformed. We then experience the
Hajj as he did over 700 years ago, and, in recognition of its timelessness, we
dissolve to the Hajj as it is still performed today, by millions of pilgrims, in
some of the most extraordinary and moving IMAX footage ever presented.
Ibn Battuta would not return home for almost 30 years, reaching over 40
countries and revisiting Mecca five more times to perform the Hajj. He would
travel three times farther then Marco Polo. His legacy is one of the greatest
travel journals ever recorded. A crater on the moon is named in his honor.
Narrated by Ben Kingsley.
Bonus features: Roads to Mecca; interviews and behind the scenes