"In the Footsteps of Marco Polo"

Francis O’Donnell, producer of the Emmy-nominated public television film, “In The Footsteps Of Marco Polo,” will share his story about the two year 25,000 mile expedition he and his and his colleague Denis Belliveau took along the legendary Silkroad as they set out to be the first team in history to retrace the entire route of the Venetian merchants journey.  Free. No reservations needed.

Through 22 countries, eight war zones, crossing mountains, deserts and jungles, all without flying. Equal parts travelogue, adventure story, history trek and buddy movie, the film they produced chronicles the duo’s often perilous voyage with Marco Polo’s descriptions from his book, " The Travels of Marco Polo," which they used as their guide.  O'Donnell's presentation details their finding regarding Polo's controversial account and of course details their highs and lows as they retrace Polo’s path, trying to see what he saw and feel what he must have felt.

In addition to talking about the journey and taking questions, Francis will be showing the 88-minute film.

Watch a preview video of the television film.

Francis O’Donnell (left) and Denis Belliveau, in the famed Oxus River as they begin their journey through Afghanistan’s Wakan Corridor

Location

 
Williamsburg
Room: Theatre