February 17, 2011
Tomorrow, a new IMAX film, “Arabia 3D,” debuts at the National Museum of Natural History’s Johnson IMAX Theater. The immersive, 3D-experience delivers breathtaking aerial views of the Kingdom Tower of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia and the Grand Mosque in the Holy city of Makkah (Mecca), where every year some three million Muslims make their sacred pilgrimage. Narrated by the Academy Award-winning actress, Helen Miren, the 40-minute adventure offers some spectacular cinematography of desert camel caravans, Red Sea shipwrecks and the ancient ruins of a lost city. The film’s producers are among the first to be granted access to more than 20 locations across Saudi Arabia.
Last week at a sneak preview of the film, 24-year-old Hamzah Jamjoom, a Saudi citizen whose story is told in the film, discussed how Arabia’s past golden ages have inspired the Saudi people of today. Jamjoom, who came to the United States at age 17 to study film, spoke about Arabia’s history from the Nabataean frankincense traders and early founders of the scientific method to the modern cities and economy of Saudi Arabia.
Twice-nominated for an Academy Award, Greg Macgillivray, the film’s producer and director, has said that he wanted tell the stories that most Americans will have never heard. “Great care was taken to find the right point of view,” he has said, “we went though more than 50 drafts of the script and everything has been vetted with religious and historical experts.”
Purchase tickets online. The film is offered four times daily, seven days a week.
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