Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A movie on the Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca)

Le Grand Voyage (2004)

Director: Ismael Ferroukhi
Script Writer: Ismael Ferroukhi
Cast: Nicolas Cazale, Mohammed Majd, Jacky Nercessian, Ghina Ognianova, Kamel Belghazi, Atik Mohammed, Malika Mesrar El Hadaoui
Release Date: Septembre 7, 2004 (Venice Film Festival)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Morocco
Time: 108 min

About the movie: A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda (Nicolas Cazale), a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself obligated to drive his father to Mecca.
From the start, the journey looks to be difficult: Reda and his father (Mohamed Majd) have nothing in common. The wide cultural and generational gap between the two is worsened by the lack of communication between the two. Reda finds it hard to accommodate his father, who demands respect for himself and his pilgrimage.
From France, through Italy, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Saudi Arabia- the two will embark on a road trip to Mecca that will change their lives. Source:

About the movie director: Ismael Ferroukhi is a French-Moroccan director, born in Kenitra (Morocco).