“The goal of Journey to Mecca…” Taran Davies, Dominic Cunningham-Reid and Jonathan Barker, Producers
“The goal of Journey to Mecca is to promote a better understanding of the Islamic world in the West through an epic adventure story about an exceptional young man on the journey of a lifetime to Mecca, the spiritual heart of Islam. We set out to answer questions such as 'what is Islam?' and 'who are Muslims?' At the same time, we seek to celebrate Islamic heritage, culture, history and spirituality for the first time on the giant screen.The pilgrimage to Mecca lies at the heart of the Islamic experience, yet few in the West know anything about it and a majority of Muslims will never experience the Hajj for themselves. By sharing the peaceful values and extraordinary history of the Hajj with the widest possible audience, we hope to pioneer a better understanding of Islam in the West and foster a strong sense of pride and dignity amongst the Muslim community around the world.”
"As you get older in the movie business and you stand back a bit," says Jake Eberts, whose films, which include Gandhi, Dances with Wolves and A River Runs through it, have won 27 Academy Awards® and 65 Oscar® nominations, "you feel a compulsion to leave a mark and do something that will be important. It is not all about commerce, it is not all about making money, it is not all about movie stars, it is much more about having an impact. And so, when they had this idea that was impactful, it was important, it is something that the world has to know more about. And so I was hooked."
"I loved the idea of shooting a dramatic narrative on the Golden Age of Islam," says Bruce Neibaur, who wrote and directed the IMAX® hit, Mysteries of Egypt, starring Omar Sharif, and also wrote the first drafts of the script for Journey to Mecca based on the story concept of Cunningham-Reid and Davies. The producers' reasons for doing the film were philosophically in line with mine. To do a film like this, you have the opportunity to introduce to audiences something that's entertaining, but also enlightening to help them understand what is Islam, who are Muslims – through one of the five pillars of one of the great religions of the world."