Marco Polo

Cancelled: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo

 We regret to announce that the film screening and discussion with filmmaker, Francis O’Donnell on Wednesday, April 3rd has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

For your reading pleasure the library has copies of the book companion to the movie. See In the Footsteps of Marco Polo in our catalog.

You can also view the 90-minute movie streaming online.

Marco Polo, Introduction to Islam: exciting programs to begin the spring season

At the beginning of April two exciting programs will kick off an international theme at the library that will continue through August. The first is a film screening and discussion with the filmmaker of In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Two ordinary guys, Denis Belliveau, a wedding photographer, and Francis O'Donnell, an artist and U.S. Marine veteran, had the wild idea of retracing Marco Polo's epic 25,000 mile route from Venice to China and back. They spent two years on horse-back and camel-back and in jeeps, trucks, ships, and trains  trying to do so. Come to a 90 minute film screening of this remarkable adventure and a discussion with film maker Francis O'Donnell. That's Wednesday, April 3rd, 3:30 p.m., in Room L-129.

The second is an educational event about Islam that is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The library has received a collection of 25 books, movies, and magazines celebrating Islamic culture and for the month of April it will be on display along with Islamic art on loan from the Houston Muslim community. Mark your calendar for the educational program, Introduction to Islam, the Religion and Its Cultures, co-hosted by Al Salaam Mosque, on Thursday, April 4th, at 2:00 p.m. in the college's Room E-100.

Free Film Screenings with a Modern Day Marco Polo

HCPL hosts filmmaker Francis O’Donnell and free screenings of his Emmy®
Nominated Documentary, In the Footsteps of Marco Polo.

Still Photo from the documentary: In the Footsteps of Marco PoloWhat happens when two ordinary guys—one working as a wedding photographer, the other a former Marine turned artist--decide they need a little adventure in their lives? If they are Denis Belliveau and Francis O’Donnell, a 25,000 mile trek across Eurasia retracing the journey of 13th Century adventurer Marco Polo, and a PBS documentary that earns an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming.

This month, Harris County Public Library will host one of those intrepid travelers, Francis O’Donnell, for two free screenings of the film In the Footsteps of Marco Polo to be followed by lively discussions of the journey and the making of the film.
During the two-year journey from Venice to China and back, the pair traveled on foot, horseback, camelback, in jeeps, trucks, boats and trains, and survived everything man and Mother Nature threw at them, including the forbidding Taklamakan Desert, Tajik soldiers, bureaucrats, and border guards.

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