Published on February 14th, 2015 | by Aisha Abdelhamid0
JERUSALEM 3D Imax Movie Premiering Soon!
Sacred to more than half of Earth’s population, Jerusalem has been fought over more than any other place in history. It has been conquered and destroyed, rebuilt, and reinvented repeatedly for over 5,000 years. Now, for the first time in over 25 years, filming has been allowed to capture the glory of Jerusalem, the most beloved city on Earth.
Exclusive Access to Jerusalem’s Holy Sites
Soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City, JERUSALEM 3D, a new giant screen film adventure promises to immerse audiences in an epic cinematic journey. Movie-goers will experience the iconic sites of Jerusalem beloved by billions, and explore on a grand scale the intersection of science, history, and religion in this ancient, enigmatic land.
Special access is one of the unique aspects of the film. With thousands of archaeological sites, Jerusalem is one of the most excavated cities on the planet. JERUSALEM 3D gives audiences a rare glimpse of this beloved city, and exclusive access to revered and iconic holy sites. The Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada are included, as well as other, little-known parts of the region.
An Interfaith Cinematic Journey
Opening at the California Science Center IMAX® Theater, JERUSALEM 3D is premiering on March 10, 2015. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek into the Darkness,” PBS’s “Sherlock”), the 43-minute large format film was executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, legendary producer of movies such as “Gandhi,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “Dances with Wolves.” It was produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield, and Daniel Ferguson, and written and directed by Daniel Ferguson. Large format industry veteran Reed Smoot, ASC, is Director of Photography.
Producer George Duffield says, “The film looks at the historic roots of Jerusalem’s universal appeal and what science reveals about how people have lived there over millennia. It also gives a taste of what it is like to live in Jerusalem today, as experienced by three young women of different faiths who call it home.”
These three young women are Farah Ammouri, Revital Zacharie, and Nadia Tadros. All three are teenagers, each from one of the three major world religions that share the Old City. From the Damascus Gate and the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, each girl reveals the Holy City from her own perspective.
For those of the Jewish faith, Jerusalem represents their homeland. Every synagogue in the world faces Jerusalem, and three times a day, observant Jews pray towards the temple that once stood above the “Kotel,” or Western Wall.
For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Via Dolorosa, or ‘Way of Sorrows,’ is said to be the path Jesus took on his way to crucifixion.
For Muslims, Jerusalem is revered as the city of the prophets (God’s peace be upon them all). Muslims also believe that Muhammad was taken on a miraculous journey from Mecca to Jerusalem. From there he ascended to Heaven on a ladder of light, which they associate with the Dome of the Rock.
Uncovering and Understanding the Past
Beginning in 2010, the JERUSALEM 3D production team followed several of the more impressive excavations in and around Jerusalem, documenting their progress as well as the tools used to uncover and understand the past.
The film features renowned archaeologist and religious studies professor Dr. Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Magness explains the many layers that chronicle this important crossroads of civilizations. She leads a group of students through an ancient water tunnel beneath the biblical-era city of Jerusalem, which conveyed water from the Gihon Spring outside the city walls to the residents of the city in the event of a siege by an invading army.
Distributed by National Geographic Studios, the original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures will premiere at the California Science Center IMAX® Theater on March 10, 2015. “The California Science Center is a perfect fit for JERUSALEM 3D,” said producer Taran Davies. “The film soars above the Old City in rare aerial footage, and travels underground to where archaeologists are studying the city’s many layers and piecing together a 5,000-year-old jigsaw puzzle.”
Don’t Miss the Dead Sea Scrolls on Display
After viewing the film, Science Center visitors are encouraged to visit “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition,” which also opens on March 10. In this fascinating exhibition, guests will discover the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. These manuscripts were written and hidden in caves over 2000 years ago, and are being presented in an exhibition that is the largest of its type ever mounted outside of Israel.
Featured in the exhibition will be sections from 10 of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including parts of the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. Over half of these scroll selections have never before been seen in the United States.
Other highlights include a 3-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, and over 600 archeological artifacts. Through multimedia exhibits, guests will be able to explore the technology used to date and decipher these ancient manuscripts, and preserve them for future generations.
For more information on JERUSALEM 3D, including links to the trailer, and behind-the-scenes videos, visit www.jerusalemthemovie.com. Become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/jerusalemthemovie. Or follow on Twitter @Jerusalem_Movie, #jerusalemfilm.
View the official JERUSALEM 3D Trailer: