Jerusalem: Soar above the Holy Land
By Hao Lu
The Museum of Science Mugar Omni Theater will premiere “Jerusalem” on Sept. 20, a documentary film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this enigmatic city.
Located on a plateau in the Judean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. This city, destroyed and rebuilt countless times over 5,000 years, is sacred to half of the people on earth, and has become the center of the world for three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
“With this extraordinary film’s immersive experience, audiences will feel as if they are really walking the streets of this beloved and iconic place,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Entertainment, co-presenter of the film.
The film is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek into the Darkness,” PBS’s “Sherlock”), giving audiences access to the city, some holy sites, as well as little-known parts of the region. By following three young Jerusalemites and their families, who are Jewish, Christian and Muslim, it attempts to answer three questions: What made it so important to so many different cultures? How did it become the center of the world for three major religions? Why does it still matter to us? Through the three young girls’ eyes, audiences can learn experience celebrations and events that mark the high points of a year in the life of the city.
“‘Jerusalem’ explores how the city become a vital cultural crossroads and of spiritual importance to three of the world’s major religions, and how its historical, artistic and religious significance has influenced so many different cultures,” said Paul Fontaine, Museum of Science vice president of education.
The 43-minute large format film will be open to public in the Museum of Science Mugar Omni Theater starting from Sept. 20.
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