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. And beginning Saturday (April 19th), visitors to the Crew Training International Giant Theater at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum will get a 3D feel for the ancient city.
"Jerusalem 3D" will be the vehicle for the giant-screen film experience. Locally presented by the Methodist Healthcare Center of Excellence in Faith & Health, the film is an original production from Cosmic Picture and Arcane Pictures and distributed by National Geographic Entertainment.
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS's "Sherlock"), "Jerusalem 3D" is billed as a grand-scale exploration of "the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place."
"'JERUSALEM 3D' embodies National Geographic's commitment to tell visually compelling stories that foster greater understanding and appreciation of world cultures, history, science and geography," said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment. "With this extraordinary film's immersive experience, audiences will feel as if they are really walking the streets of this beloved and iconic place."
Writer/director Daniel Ferguson said filmgoers will feel as though they are experiencing Jerusalem first-hand, thanks in large part to the giant-screen technology.
"We were thrilled with the opportunity to provide audiences with the story of the Old City on this grand scale, and offer unique perspectives, aerials and access to this part of the world in a way you could never get in any other format."
The images include a rare glimpse of the storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, and the mountain fortress of Masada – and to little-known parts of the region.
Special access is one of the unique aspects of the film. Filmmakers were granted permission to capture aerial images over the Old City of Jerusalem, and throughout the Holy Land. A strict no-fly zone has existed over the region for many years, restricting low-altitude filming. Once secured, the filmmakers launched a major campaign in both Hebrew and Arabic to notify the public weeks before filming began.
The 43-minute large format film presents the story from varied perspectives – interviewing a prominent archaeologist and following real-life inhabitants of the ancient city.
Audiences will meet three teenagers – Farah Ammouri, Revital Zacharie, and Nadia Tadros – who call Jerusalem home. They represent 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, the girls each reveal the Holy City from their own perspective.
"Jerusalem 3D" runs April 19 through Dec. 31. Tickets: children (3-12), $7; seniors (60-plus), $8; adults (13-59), $9.
For more information: www.memphismuseums.org or call 901-636-2362.
The Pink Palace Museum is located at 3050 Central Ave.