10 documentaries every Arab should watch: No.10: Jerusalem


Tue, 15 Aug 2017 - 02:35 GMT

Documentary Poster - Courtesy of IMDB

Documentary Poster - Courtesy of IMDB

CAIRO - 15 August 2017: Shot in I max 3D, the National Geographic documentary, ‘Jerusalem,’ takes you to the holy city’s iconic milestones of the three Abrahamic religions; the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Dome of the Rock Mosque, and the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.

Produced in 2013, the 45-minute film dives into the spiritual history of the 4,000-year-old city with the help of the explanations of archaeologist Jodi Magness, and the narration of the English actor Benedict Cumberbatch, the film also sheds light on the contemporary Jerusalem through the eyes three of Jerusalemite young ladies who embody the three religions: Muslim Farah Ammouri, Christian Nadia Tadros, and Jewish Revital Zacharie.

The documentary shows side by side their opinions, stories, and daily activities in their separate neighborhoods.

In the official website of the documentary, the filmmaker quotes, "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 most remarkable quality of the film is that it is visually stunning, which makes the audience feel like they are experiencing Jerusalem firsthand.



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