Jerusalem takes you into the ancient and sacred city like never before
Captivating new OMNIMAX® film presented by National Geographic builds understanding between faiths
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2014
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CINCINNATI – Jerusalem: sacred to half the people on earth, fought over more than any other place in history, conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first time ever, soar high above the ancient city and explore the iconic sites cherished by billions like never before in this inspiring Omnimax experience. Jerusalem opens in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater on October 10.
“Jerusalem is a city that everyone knows of but few truly understand because it means so many different things to so many different people,” says Dave Duszynski, vice president at Cincinnati Museum Center. “This film is not just a captivating film visually, it is also very enlightening and will mesmerize audiences with the depth of information presented in such an accessible way.”
Jerusalem gives audiences a rare glimpse into the ancient, storied city through exclusive images. Filmmakers were granted special permission in the region’s strict no-fly zone, enabling them to capture the first-ever large format aerial footage of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land. With exclusive access to iconic holy sites across the city, Jerusalem will take you to the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Dome of the Rock, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress of Masada.
“Through the unrivaled beauty, visceral nature and incredible technology of the giant screen format, you feel as if you are experience Jerusalem up-close and first-hand,” said writer/director Daniel Ferguson.
The home of three major religions, Jerusalem stirs the hearts, spirits and imaginations of billions.
“This film offers a captivating perspective on Jerusalem – a sacred place for Jews, Christians and Muslims,” says Sarah Weiss, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. “The beauty of the film is complemented by the enlightening personal stories of three young women of different faiths, sharing a strong connection to the same place, offering us hope amidst complexity.”
For those of the Jewish faith, Jerusalem represents their homeland. Every synagogue in the world faces Jerusalem and three times a days, Jews pray towards the temples that once stood above the Western Wall. For Christians, Jerusalem is the place where Jesus was arrested and sentenced to death, following the “Way of Sorrows” on his way to crucifixion. To Muslims, it is the city of prophets, where Mohammed ascended to Heaven on a ladder of light, which they associate with the Dome of the Rock, after a miraculous journey from Mecca to Jerusalem.
“Jerusalem is a beautifully done piece that not only shares one of the world’s most beloved cities for the Abrahamic faiths but opens the door for regional community leaders, neighbors, educators and students to build understanding between Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” says Shakila Ahmad, president and board chair of the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati.
Audiences will also follow Dr. Jodi Magness, renowned archaeologist and religious studies professor, as she walks through ancient tunnels below the city. The tunnels carried water into the biblical-era city from outside the walls in the event the city was under siege by an invading army. She also tours excavations around the Western Wall, marveling at one of the greatest feats of engineering in the ancient world.
Jerusalem is a city of many religions and an important crossroads of civilization. Through breathtaking aerial footage, eye-opening personal stories and remarkable historical perspective, Jerusalem takes you inside the heart of the ancient city in ways never seen before.
“This film is ideal for anyone who aspires to or has experienced the magnificence of Jerusalem,” adds Weiss. “Thank you to Cincinnati Museum Center for bringing this documentary to our community.”
Jerusalem opens Friday, October 10 in the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater at Cincinnati Museum Center. For more information visit www.cincymuseum.org/omnimax/jerusalem or www.jerusalemthemovie.com.
An original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, 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; 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.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized in Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.
About the National Geographic Society
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. National Geographic has funded more than 11,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.