Jerusalem is home to some of the most sacred sites in the world for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Put together, the followers of these three religions make up nearly 4 billion people—over half our population. Even those who aren’t religious recognize Jerusalem as a wellspring of events and stories that shaped Western Civilization. How did this small city on a hill become so pivotal in human history? Why does it still matter to us?

Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2013
  • Date Released:

    September 2013

  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: Yes
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, IMAX Digital, Dome-customized 15/70
  • Distributor:

    Cosmic Picture

  • Produced By:

    Cosmic Picture, Arcane Pictures

  • Executive Producer: Jake Eberts, Dominic Cunningham-Reid
  • Producer: Taran Davies, George Duffield, Daniel Ferguson
  • Director:  Daniel Ferguson
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Daniel Ferguson
  • Cinematography: Reed Smoot, Ron Goodman (aerial photography)
  • Sound Editor: 

    Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe

  • Visual Effects: Alan Markowitz, Visceral Image Productions; Rodeo FX
  • Music/Score:  Michael Brook
  • Editor: Jean-Marie Drot; Bob Eisenhardt, ACE; and Doug O‚ÄôConnor
  • Narrator: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Other Credits:
  • Sponsors: Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Foundation, Clore Israel Foundation, Ronald Lauder, The Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation


  • Cultural Studies
  • Destination
  • Documentary
  • Historical


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  • Best Film, Short Subject, GSCA 2014 Achievement Awards
  • Best Cinematography, GSCA 2014 Achievement Awards
  • Big Idea Award, GSCA 2014 Achievement Awards, to National Geographic for its outreach to the interfaith community to promote the film

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