Journey to Mecca
Journey to Mecca (2009)

This historical documentary narrated by actor Ben Kingsley takes a look at the exciting and inspiring story of Ibn Battuta, an explorer whose journey in the year 1326 from Tangier to Mecca contributed to what is now a sacred tradition for… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

While there's stunning scenery in the movie, it's mostly a backdrop to a narrative that's more about spirit than spectacle. In this case, the subject of the film is something that can't be captured on any size screen.

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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

While "Journey to Mecca" was filmed specifically for exhibition in Imax theaters, it is not quite the visual treat that other Imax films have been. Still, it is the true, inspiring story -----

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

The storytelling may be pedestrian, but the swooping aerial images of the massed pilgrims journeying on camels and circling the Kabba are wondrous to behold.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

Journey to Mecca is sure to gladden the hearts of spiritual-seekers. Mere popcorn enthusiasts will like it too.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Only the splendid visuals offer much that is fresh.

Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

In a complex world of religious mistrust, misunderstanding and violence, the new IMAX film Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta is about peace and enlightenment.

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Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

As far as promoting a better understanding of the religion of Islam to the Western world, I think "Journey to Mecca" has provided a valiant beginning.

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Peter Bradshaw

It mixes historic reconstruction with modern footage, and it could be a little cheesy were it not for the spectacular images of Mount Arafat covered with white-clad pilgrims...

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