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  • "Most compelling, however, is the narrative frame from which the film emerges"- The Houston Chronicle
  • "It's breathtaking, a beautiful film"- CBS Morning News
  • "A viewer can truly feel as if he or she has gone inside a number of fantastic, ancient places"- The Seattle Times
  • "It's a jaw dropping feast for the eyes and ears and a profoundly spiritual journey"- Quad City Times
  • "Jerusalem excels and is visually stunning"- The Boston Globe
  • "Just stunning"- Huffington Post
  • "Passionate and majestic with a truly original approach. Takes your breath away!"- Toute la Culture
  • "Transformative, immersive and transcendent"- Deseret News
  • "Gives viewers grand, hallmark panorama, at once awe inspiring and intimate"- The Washington Post
  • "I cannot say enough about the importance of seeing this film"- Hutchinson News

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JERUSALEM the movie is playing in imax, giant screen and digital cinemas in museums, science centers, and other cultural institutions worldwide. Click on a theater link below to get showtimes and ticketing information. This list changes often, so sign up here for updates or check back on this site and on Facebook.

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  • USAAustin, TX - Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre
  • Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Science Center
  • Portage, MI - Celebration! Cinema Crossroads
  • Grand Rapids, MI - Celebration! Cinema Grand Rapids
  • Lansing, MI - Celebration! Cinema Lansing
  • Columbus, OH - COSI - Center of Science and Industry (Available for School Groups)
  • Hutchinson, KS - Cosmosphere - Carey Digital Dome Theater (Available for School Groups)
  • Sacramento, CA - Esquire Imax
  • McMinnville, OR - Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (School Groups Only)
  • San Diego, CA - Fleet Science Center
  • Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (Available for School Groups & by Request)
  • Louisville, KY - Kentucky Science Center (by request - Groups only)
  • Jersey City, NJ - Liberty Science Center
  • Galveston, TX - Moody Gardens
  • Portland, OR - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (School Showings)
  • Davenport, IA - Putnam Museum (Available for school groups)
  • St. Louis, MO - St. Louis Science Center (by request for groups)
  • San Jose, CA - The Tech Museum of Innovation (Available for School Groups or By Request)
  • PUERTO RICOSan Juan, Puerto Rico - Caribbean Cinemas
  • NETHERLANDSThe Hague, NETHERLANDS - Omniversum
  • GERMANYSpeyer, GERMANY - Imax Dome Speyer


Official Trailer

Official Trailer
A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Making of JERUSALEM 3D
2010 Aerial Trailer





  • "I recommend it to all faiths, very educational and beautiful IMAX filming."- Steve L.
  • "Such a beautiful & breathtaking depiction. A feast for the eyes. Took cinematography to another level. #magical" - Sandra A.
  • “Absolutely stunning. I strongly recommend it to everyone!” - Dalal H.
  • "I was transported back to the Holy Land through this movie and was taken places I had not been on my pilgrimages…Loved it.” - Donna T.
  • “See it!  - Thumbs & hearts way up” - Jack S.
  • “Film is amazing... it brought viewers to tears…a masterpiece! This is a must see!!!” - Bill H.
  • "Stunning, Breath-taking, Spectacular Imagery!" - Jean-Pierre F.
  •  “Best 3D movie I have ever seen.” - Michael H.
  • “I can not stop talking about this film!!! It was fantastic!!!!!!”- Marylynn A.
  • “Must see film. Terrific cinematography and story!”- Christine T.
  • “Amazing! Wonderful! I want to see it again..."- Beth H.
  • “Have seen it 3 times and encourage everyone to go see it!!!...Fabulous, beautiful movie!” - Lisa H.



Filmed for the first time in 3D and for the giant screen, JERUSALEM immerses audiences into one of the world's most beloved cities. Discover why this tiny piece of land is sacred to three major religions through the stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim families who call Jerusalem home. Join renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, as she travels underground to solve some of this city’s greatest mysteries. Find out why, after thousands of years, Jerusalem and the Holy Land continue to stir the imagination of billions of people. Unprecedented access to the city's holiest sites, as well as rare and breathtaking aerial footage of the Old City and the Holy Land, combine to make JERUSALEM a unique and stunning cinematic experience.

Filmmaker's Statement

Jerusalem stirs passions so deep and its role in Western civilization is so pivotal that we as filmmakers felt moved to bring this city to the world through the beauty and power of the giant screen.

Our goal is to look at the roots of the universal attachment to Jerusalem: Jewish, Christian and Muslim. We hope the juxtaposition of these different religions and cultures – all with profound spiritual and historical connections to the city – will reveal how much Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common and inspire all of us to better understand each other.

quote Our film is not about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It embraces the idea that Jerusalem is many cities: imagined and real; past and present; Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular. We are trying to answer the question: Why Jerusalem? What is it about this tiny space that made it the ultimate prize of empires and the object of longing for so many different cultures over thousands of years?

We believe that the power of the images and stories in JERUSALEM will allow our audience a unique window into the lives of others. Every stone in Jerusalem has many stories. It is the collective power of all these stories that makes the city so endearing to billions of people.

- Producers Taran Davies, George Duffield, & Daniel Ferguson

cast & crew

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch is an English film, television, radio and theater actor whose notable roles include Stephen Hawking in the BBC drama Hawking, P... More >

Dr. Jodi Magness

Jodi Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: the Kenan Disting... More >

Farah Ammouri

Farah Ammouri graduated from Jerusalem’s Rosary Sisters High School in the summer of 2013. She has since moved to Texas to study pure sciences a... More >

Nadia Tadros

Nadia Tadros is studying Marketing at Birzeit University in the Palestinian Territories and also pursuing her musical education at the Magnificat Inst... More >

Revital Zacharie

Revital Zacharie is a recent graduate from Pelech High School in Jerusalem. She is a gifted dancer who has been studying ballet and contemporary dance... More >

Taran Davies

Taran Davies, co-founder of Cosmic Picture, conceived, developed and produced the aw... More >

George Duffield

George Duffield has produced feature films such as Milk and Summit’s Dot the I st... More >

Daniel Ferguson

Director, Writer, Producer
Daniel Ferguson has worked on numerous films for IMAX® and giant screen theaters. M... More >

Jake Eberts

Executive Producer
Jake Eberts was one of the most successful independent producers in the film industr... More >

Dominic Cunningham-Reid

Executive Producer
Co-Founder and Chairman of Cosmic Picture, Dominic Cunningham-Reid developed and pro... More >

Reed Smoot, ASC

Director of Photography
Reed Smoot, ASC specializes in the production and photography of Large Format films,... More >

Duby Tal

Aerial Director
Duby Tal served as a helicopter pilot in the Israel Air Force, and then went on to s... More >

Michael Brook

Michael Brook has forged his own path over his 25-year career as a record producer, ... More >

Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe

Sound Recordist
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe has been working as a Sound Man in cinema and television since... More >

Noam Shalev

Line Producer
Noam Shalev is a graduate of Queens College, NY (BA) and City University of New York... More >

Michel Chauvin

International Line Producer
Michel Chauvin is a Montreal native armed with a degree in Film and Communications S... More >

Shabtai Itzhak

1st Assistant Director
Shabtai Itzhak is a seasoned 1st Assistant Director from Jerusalem who has worked on... More >

Jill Kasian

Production Coordinator
Jill Kasian graduated from Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, and has... More >

Elisabeth-Ann Gimber

Production Supervisor
Elisabeth-Ann Gimber’s career has spanned all aspects of the filmmaking proces... More >

Israa Salhab

1st Assistant Director
Israa Salhab is a Palestinian Producer and Director, born in Jerusalem in 1985. She... More >

Ruba Mimi

2nd Assistant Director
Ruba Mimi is a Palestinian journalist who obtained her degree in Journalism and Poli... More >

Jean-Marie Drot

Picture Editor
Jean-Marie Drot was born near Paris where he studied photography, He began editing ... More >

Bob Eisenhardt

Picture Editor
Bob has been working as a Picture Editor and filmmaker for over 30 years. He is a t... More >

Doug O'Connor

Picture Editor
Doug O’Connor has been editing documentaries for over 20 years. His work rang... More >

Robert Bock

VFX Supervisor
Robert Bock, born in Montreal, has worked as a Photographer, Director of Photography... More >

Alan Markowitz

VFX Supervisor and Consultant
Alan Markowitz is a visual effects industry veteran with over 30 years of film produ... More >

Dustin Farrell

Time-lapse Cinematographer
Dustin is a Director of Photography based in Phoenix, Arizona. He specializes in mot... More >

Peter Chang

Time-lapse Cinematographer
Peter is a director, producer, and cinematographer based in San Francisco, Californi... More >

Alexis Cadorette Vigneau

Post Production Supervisor
Alexis Cadorette Vigneau has been working as a Post Production specialist for more t... More >

Garo Nalbandian

Lion of Jerusalem
Garo was born in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1943. He bega... More >

Hammoudie Boqaie

Associate Producer
Hammoudie has been working as a Senior Producer and Reporter Director in news for MB... More >

Mike Slee

Associate Producer and Consultant
Mike is a multiple award-winning producer, director and writer of 8 large-format cin... More >

Ron Goodman

Aerial Director of Photography
Ron Goodman is president of SpaceCam Systems, Inc., the company he founded in 1989 t... More >



Where can I see the film?
JERUSALEM will play on IMAX® and Giant Screens primarily in Museums and Science Centers around the world, starting in September 2013. Please check our website for accurate current screening information. If you don’t find your city, it doesn’t mean the film will not eventually play there. You can help bring the film to your area. Reach out to your nearest institutional IMAX, Giant or digital 3D screen theater and let them know you would like to see the film. Encourage others (friends, groups, organizations) to do the same. The more demand there is for the film, the more likely that the theater will decide to show it.
Can I bring a group to see Jerusalem?
Of course! Most theatres have direct group booking lines accessible from their websites. If you have any problems or questions do not hesitate to email Jerusalem@ngs.org.
Why Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is “a must” on many people’s list of places to visit once in their lives, but few make the trip due to perceived security risks and volatility of this part of the world. We believe this film, seen in IMAX® or on the Giant Screen, is not only the next best thing to being there, but also provides a one-of-a-kind immersion into parts of Jerusalem and the Holy Land that most tourists and pilgrims never see.
What’s the story?
The film tells multiple stories. There’s the story of what it means to live in Jerusalem today from the perspective of three female teenagers (Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and their families who have long-standing ties to the city. There’s the detective story told by the narrator, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the renowned archaeologist, Dr. Jodi Magness, which looks at how we know what we know about Jerusalem’s past and reveals some of its mysteries. Finally there is a spiritual story looking at how Jerusalem became a holy city for half our population, culminating with ancient rituals as they are still performed in Jerusalem today, during Passover, Easter and Ramadan.

We’ve tried to weave each of these stories together so that each informs the other and the audience comes away with a better understanding of this extraordinary and complex region.

We ask several questions in the film: Why was Jerusalem considered the center of the world by so many cultures? Why is it the most fought over piece of land in history? Why did it survive while many other cities in the ancient world fell into obscurity? Why are some of the holiest sites in the world for Jews, Christians and Muslims located within this tiny square mile? While we can’t answer all these questions in a 45-minute film, we hope the story we do tell and the images we captured will provide a better understanding of why this part of the world continues to stir the imagination of billions of people and inspire audiences to learn more about Jerusalem on their own.

Is JERUSALEM a political film?
Our film is not about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It embraces the idea that Jerusalem is many cities: imagined and real; past and present; Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular. We are trying to answer the question: Why Jerusalem? What is it about this tiny space that made it the ultimate prize of empires and the object of longing for so many different cultures over thousands of years?

The project is passionately committed to promoting co-existence between the three Abrahamic faiths on an unprecedented scale.

Who are the filmmakers behind JERUSALEM?
JERUSALEM is executive produced by the late Jake Eberts, who has financed, developed or produced some of the most celebrated films of all time, including Gandhi, Dances with Wolves and Chariots of Fire. The film is produced by Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson. All three have success in creating engaging and ground-breaking documentaries. Taran conceived of and produced the IMAX® film Journey to Mecca, as well documentaries for PBS and the Sundance Channel including Afghan Stories. George’s latest film, The End of The Line, launched a global environmental campaign to protect the world’s oceans, and directly enabled the creation of the largest marine reserve in the world. Daniel, a former theology student, has worked as a writer and Line Producer on many IMAX® and 3D films, including Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, and Lost Worlds, narrated by Harrison Ford.
What is unique about this film compared to other documentaries on Jerusalem?
A combination of incredibly high-resolution images, state-of-the-art projectors, giant screens, unique theater geometry and six-channel surround sound makes audiences feel as if they are experiencing Jerusalem and the Holy Land first hand. We have made every effort to compose the images and move the camera in a way that makes you feel like you are there. We looked for unique perspectives, angles and access to give you something you could never get on television or a smaller screen. We designed and edited the pictures and sound for maximum impact, whether in or on an Omnimax Dome or a 3D flat screen. Ultimately we believe seeing this film on a giant screen will help people to see Jerusalem and the Holy Land in an entirely new way, even if they’ve been there many times.
What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered making this film?
The first challenge for anyone tackling Jerusalem is the weight of the subject itself. There is so much controversy inherent in the subject matter and lack of consensus. Building trust with the different communities was key to obtaining the permits and goodwill necessary. Well before filming began, we met with key political, religious and community authorities: Israeli national and municipal leaders, the Mayor of Jerusalem, the police, the army, the Governor of East Jerusalem, the Director and members of the Supreme Islamic Council who manage Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Ministry of AWQAF and Religious Affairs in Jordan, the heads of each of the major churches in Jerusalem, including the three official custodians of the Holy Places: the Greek Orthodox Church, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and the Armenian Apostolic Church.

We knew filming extraordinary images of Jerusalem and the Holy land from the air was vital to the success of a memorable giant screen experience. We worked for nearly a year to secure the permits to fly at low altitude over the Old City – something that has not been done in over 20 years. Even once we got the permission, we were denied the right to film on the day we were supposed to do so. Thanks to Duby Tal of Albatross and Noam Shalev of Highlight Films, we succeeded in capturing truly memorable images not likely to be repeated anytime soon.

We tied our production calendar to the high holy days of each religion so that we could be at the Western Wall during the Passover Priestly Blessing, the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) on Good Friday and Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan. We also worked relentlessly to gain access to parts of Jerusalem that few ever see: underground quarries and tombs; ancient water tunnels and some of the active archaeological sites around the city. We were one of the only international film crews to be allowed inside the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Perhaps the most difficult single day of filming was the Ceremony of the Holy Fire. Referred to as “one of the longest running miracles in Christianity”, this elaborate ritual takes place annually on Orthodox Holy Saturday inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Thousands of pilgrims pack the church with candles waiting for the moment when “a divine light” emerges from the traditional tomb of Jesus and is passed around the church in a euphoric frenzy. We scouted the ceremony in 2010 and planned to film it with three cameras. We sought permission from all six churches that have custodial authority (The Greek Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Latin Catholic, Syrian Orthodox, Egyptian Coptic, and Ethiopian Orthodox). Just to run a power cable to a single light requires permission from each church body. We used 24 lights set on dimmers so not to disturb the event and had to install them almost a week in advance. We then setup in the middle of the night to get the best angles so that other TV crews and journalists would not block us. Once the church was full, we had to politely convince pilgrims to put down their iPads and camera phones in front of us or not to set our cameras on fire as they waved their torches!

What accomplishments are you most proud of on this production?
When we submitted the original script for this film to the political and religious authorities in Jerusalem, we were told we would be lucky to get half of what we asked for on paper. Through exceptional teamwork and the trust and cooperation of the residents of Jerusalem’s Old City, we succeeded in capturing nearly everything we set out to film. Equally satisfying is that we successfully employed a mixed crew of Israelis, Palestinians and internationals of different religions and points of view. We had Jews, Christians, Muslims, Mormons and atheists and everyone learned something about the other during this production. We set out with this film to foster understanding and tolerance and we saw it in action every day on the set.
How did you cast the three girls in the film?
We set out to cast real Jerusalemite students, not actors, so we worked with local schools in the city. Around 100 Muslim and Christian students applied and about half were called back to interview for 10-minutes each on video. From these we selected a few we found had most promise, and met with their families.

We found Farah Ammouri (the Muslim) at the Catholic Rosary Sister’s School when a nun walked into her class and asked all the Jerusalemite girls to raise their hands. Many of her classmates had no idea her history in Jerusalem went so far back. Farah was 15 at the time and she seemed so mature and thoughtful.

Nadia Tadros (the Christian) we found through an ad we put up on our Arabic Facebook page. She played guitar and sang her own composition for the audition. We were amazed. She had so much charisma and energy. Her family was Greek Orthodox and Catholic, so she could speak to both of the main Christian traditions in Jerusalem.

Revital Zacharie (the Jew) came to us just a few weeks before we started to film. She was interviewed at her grandparents’ home and the rapport between them was really special. You could really see a love of history passed down from generation to generation. We’re grateful to have been able to film a scene with Revital’s grandfather, who is an avid historian of Jerusalem.

Is JERUSALEM available on DVD / Blu-Ray / online?
The film is made for IMAX® and Giant and continues to play in select theaters around the world. If the film is not playing in your area, you can still see it on DVD/Blu-­Ray (2D & 3D) or Video On Demand.
The Production at a Glance
  • 5 years in the making (2009-2013).
  • Shot over 3 years (2010, 2012, 2013) in Israel and the Palestinian Territories over 4 shoots: Aerial unit Spring 2010; Main Unit Spring 2012 (Easter and Passover), Main Unit Summer 2012 (Ramadan and Archaeology) and Time Lapse Unit Winter 2013.
  • Maximum Size of Crew: 80 people.
  • Filmed with 4 different cameras: IMAX® 15-perf 65mm film; Sony F65; RED Epic; Nikon D800E.
  • The film employed artists and technicians from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Jordan.
  • A 70mm 3D film print of Jerusalem weighs more than 225 kilos (500 pounds).

advisors, sponsors & partners

Thank you to all our academic advisors, sponsors and supporting institutional partners.

  • DR. MUSTAFA ABU SWAYAl-Quds University
  • DR. NAZMI AL-JUBEHBirzeit University
  • DR. GIDEON AVNIIsrael Antiquities Authority
  • DR. DAN BAHATSt. Michael College at the University of Toronto
  • Dr. JAMES H. CHARLESWORTHPrinceton Theological Seminary
  • DR. ERIC CLINEThe George Washington University
  • HILLEL GEVAIsrael Exploration Society
  • DR. OLEG GRABARInstitute for Advanced Study
  • RABBI ERIC GREENBERGAnti-Defamation League
  • DR. THOMAS A. IDINOPOLUSMiami University
  • DR. JODI MAGNESSThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • DR. CHARLES McVETYCanada Christian College
  • DR. EYAL MEIRONBen-Zvi Institute
  • RABBI MICHAEL PALEYUJA Federation of New York
  • DR. FRANCIS E. PETERSNew York University
  • DR. STEPHEN PFANNUniversity of the Holy Land
  • MARTIN RAFFELJewish Council for Public Affairs
  • DR. LEEN RITMEYERRitmeyer Archaeological Design
  • DR. CHRIS ROLLSTONThe George Washington University
  • DR. JON SELIGMANIsrael Antiquities Authority
  • DR. SHLOMIT WEKSLER-BDOLAH Israel Antiquities Authority

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reviews & features


media inquiries

All media inquiries about JERUSALEM, including requests for interviews and all press materials, should be directed to:

(Film PR)

Roslan & Campion Public Relations
424 West 33rd Street, Suite 620
NY, NY 10001
(212) 966-4600

(Theatre Inquiries)

National Geographic Communications

(DVD/Online/TV Inquiries)


get involved

How Can You Help JERUSALEM?

SPREAD THE WORD! Because JERUSALEM was made with state of the art giant screen technology in 3D and 2D, the film will be released for screening in IMAX®, giant screen and digital cinemas in museums, science centers and other prominent cultural institutions. We need your help to let the world know about this amazing film.

You Can Help Bring JERUSALEM To Your Local Museum Theater!

If JERUSALEM is not yet scheduled in your city and there is a museum, science center or other venue nearby that has a giant, digital, or IMAX screen, we encourage you to approach the theater venue’s management and ask about the possibility of bringing JERUSALEM to that venue.

If the theatre representative is interested in booking the film, instruct them to contact NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Antonietta Monteleone, amontele@ngs.org/212-224-8468.

Want To Do More?

Host a Screening Event? Email us at Jerusalem@ngs.org
Distribute Postcards or Posters? Email us at Jerusalem@ngs.org
Other Ideas? Email us at Jerusalem@ngs.org

Download The Outreach Brochure



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learning tools


National Geographic has created a suite of standards-based educational materials to complement JERUSALEM. Please go experience them online, with accompanying interactives.

These materials will complement the film, extending the learning and providing opportunities for classroom (or other venue) discussion. Learning strands include:

  • Learning about the world’s three major religions: Judaism, Christianity, & Islam
  • The archaeology of Jerusalem: Many layers, many cultures
  • The geography of the region surrounding Jerusalem

Visit The NatGeo Education Site

faith material

The filmmakers wish to promote a better understanding of the different beliefs surrounding Jerusalem in order to foster dialogue, respect and tolerance between the three Abrahamaic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

For those who wish to explore Jerusalem further from a spiritual perspective, the filmmakers asked Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and inter-faith leaders to create the following materials. They are designed to provide a basis for discussion. In addition, there are outlines for clergy to use as inspiration for sermons.

Sermon Outlines

Discussion Guides


3d Tours