Aadujeevitham: What is the majestic ‘Valley of Moon’ in the film?

During the pandemic, Aadjujeevitham's crew was famously stuck briefly in a desert in Jordan. Photo: Aadujeevitham poster/Shutterstock/tamarasovilj

Prithviraj-starrer film Aadujeevitham (aka Goat Days), based on the eponymous novel by Benyamin, is hitting theatres today. The film depicts the real-life story of a migrant worker named Najeeb from Kerala, who gets tricked into working in a desert in Saudi Arabia as a shepherd. During the pandemic, the film’s crew was famously stuck briefly in a desert in Jordan, where they were filming some of its most important portions.

The majestic desert, Wadi Rum aka the Valley of Moon,’ apparently offered the perfect backdrop to portray the harsh and barren environment where the protagonist faces his challenges and struggles for survival. Many of the desert sequences and wide shots were filmed in Wadi Rum to capture its distinctive scenery and convey the protagonist's journey through the vast desert expanse. It is also a famous tourist spot that offers visitors the following experiences: 

Key landmarks 
Wadi Rum offers its visitors impressive landmarks such as Jordan’s highest peak Jabal Umm ad Dami that offers a panoramic view of the area, Lawrence of Arabia’s natural spring (frequented by the renowned British archaeologist T E Lawrence), the Khazali Canyon with ancient Nabatean inscriptions, a rock formation called ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom,’ a popular hiking spot called ‘Burdah Rock Bridge’ and the red dunes. Bedouin desert camps, a natural arch called Um Fruth Rock Bridge and Anfishiyyeh inscriptions are some of the other sites in Wadi Rum.

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