Movie: Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta
Posted by: Revsusu
Three friends and I went to see this film last night at the Science World IMAX Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From my point of view I found the film to be both breathtaking and beautiful for different reasons. First, the brilliance of the IMAX technology still leaves me breathless every time I watch a film. But more than that this particular film with it's vistas of desert terrain, the vastness of the journey that so many devotees of Abraham and Islam embark on, is overwhelming. I found myself wanting to trek to Mecca. Wondering why I had not done this. Questioning why I needed to use three types of gel in the morning before I can leave the house. Why I do not walk more places and also looking at my belief system around a different culture. I am so grateful that this film has been made and is readily available to the Western world, where perhaps we need to broaden our scope of our brothers and sisters around the world. To embrace them as part of ourselves and stop seeing them as 'those people'.
This film brought home the understanding that if 'those people' can have such devotion to a beautiful and deep spiritual journey, perhaps I can too. All I have ever wanted is Peace. Perhaps it's not too late to see the world differently and live together in diversity, peacefully.