Arabia 3D

Synopsis: Discover a land as exotic as it is extraordinary. Arabia 3D offers an in-depth understanding of one of the most fascinating lifestyles and cultures. Cross the dunes with a caravan of camels, dive in the treasure-filled Red Sea, explore the ruins of a lost city, and relive the golden age of Islamic inventions. A precious land imprinted with myths and mysteries.
Genre: Documentary
 
IMDB:
6.4
NOT RATED
Year:
2011
46 min
12 Views


Scalded by the desert sun,

the waters of the Red Sea

would cook most corals.

These reefs have

had to adapt to survive,

just like the Arabian people.

Over the last 2,000 years,

this desert realm has sparked

two eras of enlightenment,

two Golden Ages.

Just to survive in this desert

is an accomplishment.

Who would ever think that the seeds of

knowledge could sprout here and grow?

Only 80 years ago, most people

in Arabia lived in tents

or in houses

of coral rock or mud.

But in a matter of decades,

all that changed.

Saudi Arabia is now a nation

of some 30 million people.

The capital city of Riyadh

and the holy city of Makkah

have been transformed.

A modern district has grown up

around the Grand Mosque.

Five times each day, Muslims around the

world turn towards Makkah to pray.

And in the busy coastal city of Jeddah,

educational horizons are widening.

Thanks to the wealth

from the oil boom,

Hamzah is one of 80,000 Saudi

Arabians studying abroad.

He is a film student at

DePaul University in Chicago.

I've lived in the U.S. for

seven years, going to school,

but I'm still really close

to my brother, Saleh.

He usually wears the white thawb

because it's part of tradition,

and most men wear it every day.

After 9/11, many of my friends in America

got the idea that we're all extremists.

And we're not.

As my mom says,

we're not perfect.

But we've had a glorious past.

And I can't wait

to travel around the country

and make a film about who

we are and how we got here.

My first stop was the old

section of my hometown, Jeddah.

The houses here haven't changed

much since I was a kid.

But it's amazing, all my country

is progressing so quickly.

Like many other religions and cultures, we're

trying to balance the old and the new.

Tradition and progress.

It's important to maintain

the old values,

and I'd like to capture

some of that balance on video.

The freedom to change is really

important to my generation.

The Arabian Peninsula

is not all sand.

We have mountains, valleys

and even volcanoes.

I headed into the desert to

document a vanishing way of life.

Just like the American cowboy,

the Bedouin is a cultural hero.

To survive out here, the Bedouin

have to live by a strict code of honor,

based on fierce family loyalty,

hospitality and trust.

A true Bedouin kept his word and passed

all these values on to his kids,

and to us.

They say camels are

sweet-natured, unless they're not.

Camels are designed

for the desert.

They have an extra row of lashes for

protection, just like sunglasses.

And a third eyelid that works

like a windshield wiper.

One thing I never expected to see

here was a bunch of baboons,

but I guess it makes sense.

Most of our animals

originated in Africa.

Twenty-five million years

ago, when the Red Sea formed,

it trapped animals

that were originally African.

As lush vegetation vanished

and Arabia turned to desert,

these animals adapted.

I went looking for more

clues to our past underwater.

We only found iron shipwrecks.

But that's what my guide,

Housam, looks for.

Every time we'd find a modern-day

ship, we'd find an ancient one, too,

because they hit the same reef.

A long time ago, wooden ships

carried all kinds of things,

such as ceramic jugs

filled with olive oil.

Archeologists are continuing

to find undamaged artifacts,

like this ancient amphora.

Even tiny broken pieces

can speak worlds.

All I found

were old pottery fragments.

But they led me to a civilization

that was completely new to me.

Where were they from?

I contacted the leading

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