Vancouver Sun: The latest IMAX movie takes us into the heart of Islam

September 28, 2009 – 12:15 pm

The Vancouver Sun reviews SK Films’ Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta, a film that focuses on the first epic journey of Muslim folk hero, Ibn Battuta.

Muslim worshippers pray at the Grand Mosque in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on September 16, 2009. Photograph by: Ali Al-Issa, AFP/Getty Images

The travelogue scenery is compelling in itself since the images are so huge, and the crew finds untainted swaths of natural landscape. We can easily imagine what the route looked like, and how fraught with danger it would have been given the presence of looters, thieves and territorial nomadic tribes — not to mention endless miles of arid desert.

The real pay off, and what makes this film rather unique, is the footage of modern day Mecca brimming with pilgrims. The first film to be granted aerial access over the Holy Mosque and the Kaaba, Journey to Mecca features several time lapse shots of pilgrims circling the holy grounds seven times in what appears —from the sky — to be a reflection of the cosmos on earth.

As the white-dressed faithful retrace the steps of holy prophets, the entire site seems to move in harmony.

For people with limited knowledge of Islam, Journey to Mecca takes us deep into the heart of the unseen and holy sites which represent the very core of their faith.

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