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‘Jerusalem’ debuts at Fernbank

Film explores the intersection of history, science and religion

POSTED: January 2, 2014 1:30 a.m.

ATLANTA — "Jerusalem," opening at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre on Jan. 3, is a breathtaking new film that explores, on a grand scale, the intersection of science, history and religion in this ancient, enigmatic place.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch ("Star Trek into the Darkness," PBS’s "Sherlock"), "Jerusalem" gives audiences 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.

"Jerusalem" presents the story from many perspectives —interviewing a prominent archaeologist and following real-life inhabitants of the ancient city to explore the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization.

With thousands of archaeological sites, Jerusalem is one of the most excavated cities on the planet, with so much more waiting to be discovered.

The film features renowned archaeologist and religious studies professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who explains the many layers that chronicle this important crossroads of civilizations.

Audiences will also meet three teenagers who call Jerusalem home — Farah Ammouri, Revital Zacharie, and Nadia Tadros — from each of the three major world religions that share the Old City. They believe prayers pass through the Kotel to God.

"Jerusalem" shows daily at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX® Theatre from Jan. 3-April 3. IMAX tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children 12 and younger, and $8 for museum members. IMAX Theatre is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at www.fernbankmuseum.org and 404-929-6300.


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