“Jerusalem” Debuts at IMAX Palisades to Rave Reviews from Movie-Goers” Film Inspires Dialogue Among the 3 Major Religions” Exclusive Area Engagement of National Geographic Film

When the IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York held a preview screening last week of the new movie Jerusalem, Rabbis, Priests and members of the Islamic Center of Rockland were invited. The response was overwhelmingly positive from those in attendance with many saying that the movie was thought-provoking and would “inspire a dialogue among the three major religions.” Azeem Farooki of the Islamic Center of Rockland based in Valley Cottage, New York said that this was the perfect time for this movie to be seen and that he felt it showed all three religions in a positive light and would inspire people to talk and learn from each other. He planned on sharing the information with members of the Center.

Nearly everyone in the audience indicated that they had traveled to Jerusalem at some point and yet the film depicted sites they hadn’t seen before. Timna Mekaiten, the new Shlicha (Ambassador) for the Jewish Federation of Rockland has lived in Israel her entire life and only moved to Rockland last month. She viewed the film and was amazed to see several sites that she was unable to visit as a resident of Jerusalem. She also believes the film with open a dialogue among the faiths because of the way it is told – through the eyes of the three young women each of a different religion.

Wayne Brown of the JCC of Rockland said the movie was “stunning” and he looked forward to members seeing it at a JCC event to be held at the IMAX Theatre on October 6th at 7pm.

Jerusalem: no bigger than a square mile, the city has been fought over more than any other place on Earth—conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly over 5,000 years. Now, for the first-time ever, the new giant screen film adventure immerses audiences in a spectacular cinematic journey—soaring high above the Holy Land and plunging deep into the vibrant Old City—so they can experience as never before the iconic sites cherished by billions of the world’s Jews, Christians and Muslims. JERUSALEM is a captivating new film that explores on a grand scale the intersection of science, history and religion in this enigmatic place and can only be seen in IMAX at the IMAX Palisades Center Theatre which houses a six story high screen enabling audiences to feel as though they are truly visiting each of the historic sites depicting in the film.

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, JERUSALEM, gives audiences a rare tour of the ancient, storied city, as well as exclusive access to iconic holy sites and little-known parts of the region—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.  Filmmakers were granted special permits to the region’s strict no-fly zone, enabling them to capture the first-ever large format aerial images of the Old City and throughout the Holy Land.

JERUSALEM interviews prominent archaeologists, historians and religious scholars and follows real-life inhabitants of the city to explore the enduring appeal of this unique crossroads of civilization.   Since 2010, the JERUSALEM production team has documented the progress of some of the thousands of excavations in and around Jerusalem. Prominent archaeologist and religious studies professor Dr. Jodi Magness, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, explains the layers and layers of occupation and how the projects currently underway could yield important new insights into the history of the ancient city. Audiences will also meet three teenaged girls who call Jerusalem home: Farah Amouri, Revital Zechariah, and Nadia Tadros. Each girl is from one of the three major world religions that share the Old City, yet in separate quarters.  Each one gives audiences a tour of the Holy City she loves and the sites most meaningful from her perspective--from the Damascus Gate and the Dome of the Rock, to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Tickets are now on sale and group reservations are beings scheduled. For more information call 845-353-5555, extension 200.

The IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center boasts one of the largest screens and one of the few remaining 1570 projection systems in the country which allows incredibly sharp detail and the capacity to display images of far greater size and resolution than conventional film systems bringing movies to life in a way that is simply not possible in many movie theatres including spectacular 3D images. This means Rockland, Orange, Bergen and Westchester residents have an opportunity to see films shot with IMAX cameras the way the director intended – full screen with full six story high action.

For last minute news and information, people are encouraged to sign up to follow IMAX on Twitter by visiting www.twitter.com/imaxpalisades and on Facebook. IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center is located on the top floor in the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack near Target. For information on tickets and showtimes, visit www.imax.com/palisades.   

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