Located in the middle of one of the driest places on earth, the civilization of Petra left behind spectacular monuments carved into the sandstone cliffs. We now know that a prosperous and cultivated city of nearly 30,000 people stretched out from the base of the mountains and that water was abundant. Petra, the capital of the Nabataean kingdom built more than 2000 years ago, is the paradoxical work of desert nomads. Another large site located 500 kilometers away in Saudi Arabia has similar rock-cut monuments. This history of Petra, as well as that of the people who built and lived there for nearly 800 years, is gradually emerging from the sand.
Screening time: Saturday, 14 May, 4:45 pm (Session 5, The Shedd Recital Hall)
Length: 86 min.
Country: France and USA
Director: Oliver Julien
Producer: Valerie Abita
Distributor Web site: http://www.zed.fr