In the Saudi Arabian desert, the oasis of the AlUla valley has hosted human activity for thousands of years.
Its ancient kingdoms grew wealthy on trade in frankincense and other luxury commodities, as well as agricultural production fed by oases. Dadan’s successor, Hegra, stood as sister city to the great Nabataean capital, Petra in Jordan.
Commerce, agriculture, pilgrimage, and art have long ebbed and flowed through this oasis.
Today, we are starting to learn what these cinematic landscapes can teach us about the people for whom AlUla was, and is, home.