A reporter for VBS.TV, a great source for videos, performed the Hajj in 2009 and produced this documentary.
Hajj is the world’s largest annual pilgrimage that takes place in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Last year VICE Founder Suroosh Alvi went with his family and shot footage with an old Handicam. His intention was never to make a VBSdoc out of it, but lo and behold here it is.. ..shaky camerawork and all.
Reported on CNN.com:
Brooklyn, New York (VBS.TV) — Based on the sheer volume of bodies, Hajj should not work. As the world’s largest pilgrimage and one of the Five Pillars of Islam, each year about 3 million people cram themselves into the relatively small holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to offer up this, the holiest of Islamic rites. In late 2008, I accompanied my parents on Hajj and managed to sneak a VBS video camera past state security and capture the trip as we saw it. The scene was insane, beyond what I could have ever imagined. Click here to continue..