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A classic series of films exploring nature and man in various cultural and historical contexts. Beginning in the 1960s (when they aired on CBS), the specials set a standard for vivid documentary filmmaking and the many `Nat'l Geo' prizes include Emmys for `Mysteries of the Mind' and `The Invisible World.' With the advent of cable, the specials evolved into...

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Inside Mecca

First Aired: October 22, 2003

“Inside Mecca” follows three Muslim pilgrims---one an American woman named O'Leary---during the Hajj. “It is a journey that will test body and soul,” says narrator Keith David. And it is also a test of patience, since there are two million pilgrims and not a lot of space for them. And South African Kahlil Mandhlazi, a black man, must also endure racial prejudice. Fidelma O'Leary, a college professor with a hint of a brogue, also admits to resenting being asked again and again if she's “really” a Muslim. But petty frustrations fade in the face of their mission. As Malaysian businessman Ismail Mahbob puts it: “You're actually communicating with God.”

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