Access Pollywood: Journey to Mecca

Embassy Row’s Middle East A-List comes out to support screening of “Journey to Mecca” and a night of much-welcomed positive imagery.

By Michael M. Clements
Photos by Tony Powell

Kuwait Amb. Salem Al-Sabah, Rima Al-Sabah, and Prince Turki Al-Faisal. "Journey to Mecca" IMAX Gala Screening. Museum of Natural History. (photo by Tony Powell)

Kuwait Amb. Salem Al-Sabah, Rima Al-Sabah, and Prince . "Journey to Mecca" IMAX Gala Screening. Museum of Natural History. (photo by Tony Powell)

It’s fair to say that, even in the most fair and balanced way, the majority of news and imaging the “West” receives about Islam and the greater Muslim world these days is skewed towards the negative or confrontational – particularly when the dialogue includes religion. It’s unfortunate. All the reason why it was so refreshing to be at The National Museum of Natural History recently for the screening of “Journey to Mecca,” a film that celebrates Islam and the Hajj, the large annual pilgrimage considered to be the fifth pillar of Islam and a religious duty to be carried out at least once in a lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.

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