CO-PRODUCER DOUNIA BENJELLOUN graduated from the American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1985. Shortly thereafter she landed a job as the Assistant to the Location Manager in New York and Morocco for the Columbia Pictures movie Ishtar, starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. She next worked in the advertising department on the set in Morocco for the James Bond movie The Living Daylights.

Motivated by these two experiences, Benjelloun created her own production company in 1986 in Casablanca, Dounia Productions Ltd., which specializes in producing documentary movies.

In addition to Dounia Productions Ltd., between 1991 and 2000, Benjelloun presided and managed seven movie theatres in Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier, and distributed Columbia Pictures and United International Pictures films to all movie theatres across Morocco.

In 2007, Benjelloun founded Sand Hills Productions, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. See her website


Ibn Battuta: Chems Eddine Zinoun
The Highwayman: Hassam Ghancy
Ibn Muzaffar: Nadim Sawalha
Hamza: Nabil Elouahabi


Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur
Executive Producer: Jake Eberts
Producer: Jonathan Barker
Producer: Dominic Cunningham-Reid
Producer: Taran Davies
Co-Producer: Dima Alansari
Co-Producer: Dounia Benjelloun
Co-Producer: Al-Zain Al-Sabah
Screenwriter: Tahir Shah
Screenwriter: Carl Knutson
Supervising: Producer Diane Roberts
Supervising: Producer Tony Thatcher
Line Producer: Daniel Ferguson
Director Of Photography: Matthew Williams
Production Designer: Mike Fowlie
Art Director: Philip Murphy
Editor: Jean-Marie Drot
Costume Designer: Emma Bellocq
Location Director - Mecca: Abdul Latif Salazar
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Afshin Javadi
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Ghasem Ebrahimian
Director of Photography – Mecca: Rafey Mahmood