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A small city that is large enough for all
One of the most thrilling immersive film about one of the world's most loved cities.
Being such a tiny piece of land filled with so much history from pain to joy, it is one of the cities most to stir passion so deep and its role in Western civilisation is so pivotal that the filmmakers felt moved to bring this city to the world through the power of IMAX.
Jerusalem has been in 118 conflicts in and for Jerusalem over the past four thousand years, been conquered forty four times, besieged twenty three times, completely destroyed twice and has seen eleven transfers from one religion to another and finally it has only changed hands peacefully twice.
It is one of the most intriguing and poignant films I have seen relating to a country, a city. It is a must see whether you know your history about Jerusalem or not, regardless what religion you believe in, it will truly move you.
This tiny piece of land is sacred to billions of people, the Jews, Christians and Muslims, and the movie demonstrates that regardless what belief humanity has, this tiny city has united them, each celebrating their own beliefs whether it is Easter for Christians, Passover for the Jews or Ramadan for Muslims, it is unquestionably a petite city for all.
What I enjoyed about the film, was that the director/ producers did not mention and combine the political side of Jerusalem, or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it simply embraced the idea that Jerusalem is many cities: imagined and real; past and present; Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular. It showed the juxtaposition of these different religions and cultures- all with profound spiritual and historical connections to the city. It conveyed how much Jews, Christians and Muslims have in common and inspired all of us to better understand each other- and the producers and director certainly achieved that goal.
The film is 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?
For a little inside interesting details of the film: it took five years in the making, was shot over three years in Israel, Palestinian Territories, and Jordan- over four shoots and was filmed with four different cameras!
It is a breathtaking film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of history, science and religion in one of the world's oldest and most enigmatic cities and is a must watch for all. It beautifully explores one of the world's oldest and most mysterious cities.