Making History on Journey to Mecca
The making of Journey to Mecca, with a crew of hundreds from 24 countries, resulted in several historic achievements:
- Journey to Mecca is the largest documentary production ever to take place in Saudi Arabia.- Journey to Mecca is the first and only film granted ground access to the Holy Mosque in Mecca, where Cinematographer Afshin Javadi documented the Tawaf, the circumambulation of the Kabbah, on steadicam.- Journey to Mecca marks the first and only time IMAX has been filmed by the air during the Hajj, where cinematographer Ghassem Ebrahimian documented the Day of Standing for the first time on the giant screen- Journey to Mecca includes the longest animal caravan ever assembled for a dramatic film, including over a thousand animals and five hundred extras. - Journey to Mecca saw the construction of the first replica of the 14th century Kabbah in the deserts of Morocco- Journey to Mecca is the first IMAX film on Islamic culture, history or spirituality and the first dramatic film on one of the greatest travelers and explorers of all time, Ibn Battuta.- Journey to Mecca is the first dramatic documentary filmed simultaneously in English and Arabic using actors. - Journey to Mecca was premiered in Abu Dhabi on January 7th, 2009 on the largest outdoor film screen ever constructed, with stadium seating for 1,500 people (70' by 100').