Jerusalem 3D IMAX offers a sensory ride for the spirit

New 3D IMAX film puts the Holy Land within reach. Photo: Jerusalem: The Movie

WASHINGTON, January 8, 2014 — Buy a ticket for National Geographic’s new JERUSALEM 3D IMAX, and you will experience a tour of the Holy City that is the next best thing to being there. It is playing in Washington, D.C. at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History and elsewhere around the world.

Your vehicles will be the gigantic 70-foot high screen, 3D glasses, and the expansive flyover technology that only IMAX offers. The 45-minute experience will transport you to some of the iconic sites, sounds and people who populate the Old City and other places in Israel such as the Sea of Galilee.

The film focuses on three teenage girls who live in the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish quarters of Jerusalem. They weave a message of love of their city and appeal for people of the three cultures to get along as they lead viewers to such places as the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall and the totally enthralling bazaars that are as ancient as the walls they inhabit. Their playground is the 5,000 year-old city that has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the ages. But rather than chronicle the conflicts that have rocked the city over time, the hosts explore traditions and history that make Jerusalem the center of the earth for billions of people the world over.

The 3D world almost compels you to reach out for the bowl of olives a Christian Arab family passes around to celebrate Easter next to the Church of the Nativity. You want to touch Ramadan lanterns as annual festivities move along in the quarter. The 2,000 year-old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane jump to life, as do the flickering Holy Fires during Orthodox Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Observe people as they pray and mediate at the Western Wall. Fly by a mountainside monastery and get a high perspective on Masada, the Sea of Galilee and the Mount of Beatitudes.

It is a fulfilling sensory experience that will leave you wanting to touch the sites in real time.

JERUSALEM also follows archaeologists Dr. Jodi Magness and Dr. Nazmi al-Jubeh as they explore some of the most extraordinary historical sites in the region to gain better understanding of this crossroads of civilization.

The film’s high wattage creators include multiple Oscar winner, Jake Eberts (Gandhi, Dances With Wolves, The Killing Fields), and Taran Davies (Journey to Mecca), and George Duffield (The End of the Line). Daniel Ferguson (Lost Worlds, Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France) is writer, director and producer. Dominic Cunningham Reid (Journey to Mecca) is executive producer.

Let the wonders that are Jerusalem provide you with a wintertime tour break you won’t forget. Your seat is waiting for takeoff!


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