Arabia takes viewers deep into the heart of an extraordinary country for a surprising look at the history, culture and religion of the Arabian Peninsula. Steeped in ancient history and unique customs not found anywhere else in the world, Arabia mystifies us, shimmering like a desert mirage. Home to camel races, legendary Bedouin hospitality, the birth of the Muslim faith, and Meccah, the holiest city on Earth, Arabia and its people have flourished for thousands of years in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Yet the West knows little about its fascinating culture, which has remained hidden for far too long. Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren, Arabia offers a deeper understanding of this mysterious culture and way of life that remains largely hidden from our view.
Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films
Narrated by Helen Mirren
Release date: 2010
Runtime: 39 minutes
Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm, 3D
Arabia: In Search of the Golden Ages
By Michael Hamilton Morgan
Arabia: In Search of the Golden Ages shines a new light on the origins of this culture and introduces readers to the rich tapestry of Arabian life. Published by Earth Aware Editions.
What has happened in Saudi Arabia in the last thirty years has had a tremendous impact on the lives of Americans—everything from the involvement of Saudis in 9/11 to the fluctuations in oil prices that keep us on our toes at the pump. There have been many books on 9/11 and the Saudi radicals, but Robert Lacey’s newest book, Inside The Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists, and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia, is the first to go deep inside Saudi culture to show how the convulsions within have had effects beyond their borders. Written in a journalistic style, the book gives readers an essential understanding of this complex nation.
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“Dazzling…. Arabia delivers the quintessential IMAX trip…a rare peak into a nation that remains largely behind closed doors…”
– Boston Globe
“IMAX spectacle paints the country’s history in breathtaking strokes…The picture is absolutely breathtaking in every scene…”
– Concord Monitor
“A fascinating film – simple and sincere…[Arabia] offers more hope than other media portrayals for encounters between people of different cultures and faith.”
– Richmond Times-Dispatch
“The photography speak[s] for itself… Even when spread across the Omnitheater’s nine-story-tall screen, the sheer mass of humanity is awe-inspiring.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Surprising new sides of Saudi Arabia emerge…well worth seeing…Arabia will expand your view of the Middle East’s largest nation and its 28 million citizens.
– Metro West Daily News (Boston)
“Arabia traces the fascinating history and modern-day life of this surprisingly beautiful Middle Eastern country…the film offers a surprising glimpse into the modern-day Arab mindset. Arabia takes a refreshingly positive look at contemporary Arabian people.”