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A day in the life of a teenager in medieval Baghdad - Birte Kristiansen and Petra Sijpesteijn


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It’s 791 CE. As the morning sun shines on the Golden Gate Palace, brother and sister Hisham and Asma prepare for the journey of a lifetime: the hajj, a holy pilgrimage to Mecca. They intend to travel with the big hajj caravan— but a last-minute mishap threatens to undo months of careful planning. Birte Kristiansen and Petra Sijpesteijn detail a day in the life of siblings in medieval Baghdad.

Is the way in which Asma and Hisham make the journey to Mecca a good example of how people would typically go on Hajj:

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Birte Kristiansen, Petra Sijpesteijn
  • Director Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Narrator Safia Elhillo
  • Storyboard Artist Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Animator Elahe Baloochi, Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Compositor Poorya Goodarzi
  • Art Director Yijia Cao , Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Music Aron Fard
  • Sound Designer Mohammad Babakoohi
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Senior Producer Anna Bechtol
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler

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