Opening today at the Shoppers Drug Mart OMNIMAX Theatre at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, the spectacular large-screen film Jerusalem.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Daniel Ferguson, narrated by British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, Jerusalem provides viewers with remarkable new perspectives on the ancient holy city.
The filmmakers were granted special permission in the region's strict no-fly zone to obtain the first-ever large-format aerial images of Jerusalem's Old City and other memorable sites such as the Dome of the Rock, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee and the mountain fortress Masada.
The use of multiple cameras--including IMAX 15-perf 65mm film, Sony F65, RED Epic and NikonD800E--allowed the filmmakers to capture stunning flyovers as well as street scenes that create an immersive experience. Viewers feel they are actually wandering through crowded markets, tucking a prayer note between stones at the Western Wall, entering the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and participating in a Palm Sunday procession. Archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness takes viewers underground to explore some of the Jerusalem's most mysterious sites.
At a media preview held at the Ontario Science Centre on February 25, 2014, director Daniel Ferguson stated his goal was to attain a "balance of spectacle and intimacy" and make viewers feel as though they've been to Jerusalem. He described the experience as revelatory and Jerusalem as "authentic, diverse and charismatic", like its three young stars.
The three young women who star in Jerusalem also attended the Toronto preview, fielding questions from students and the media. In the film, Farah Ammouri (Muslim), Nadia Tadros (Christian) and Revital Zacharie (Jewish) represent the three Abrahamite religions and take viewers on tours of their personal Jerusalem: the markets, places of worship, even their homes. Director Ferguson said the film's intent was not to dwell on conflicts but rather focus on daily life and deeper, timeless attachments to the city.
Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, VP, Science Experience and Chief Science Office at the Ontario Science Centre, pointed out that science stems from religious beliefs and that for a long time Jerusalem was considered center of the world. "We see our role as creators of dialogue", McLaughlin said, referring to science centers.
Jerusalem opens at the Ontario Science Centre as complement to the new exhibition Sultans of Science. For Jerusalem showtimes and other visitor information, see the Ontario Science Centre.
To find other theaters worldwide now showing Jerusalem, see the official website of Jerusalem the movie. Jerusalem is distributed by National Geographic Entertainment.