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Jerusalem: Sacred and Profane

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There are cities which time has forgotten and cities which time can never forget. Throughout history, there have been many holy cities and many places of legend. But Jerusalem is a city where history begins, and some believe, where history will end. From the director who brought you 10 Questions For The Dalai Lama; comes this film, produced in association with the Learning Channel, which takes a thorough and very personal look at Jerusalem's history and importance. You will see why Jerusalem is such an important center for Muslims, Christians and Jews alike and explore the inevitable conflicts that have emerged as a result. Visit the famous Dome On The Rock and the Western (Wailing) Wall. Explore the Mount of Olives and delve into the forbidden inner sanctums and synagogues of Mea She'arim. Walk across the holy land in the footsteps of Jesus. See his birthplace in Bethlehem. Travel to Nazareth, the River Jordan, and the Sea of Galilee. Walk along the Via Dolorosa where Jesus took his final walk with the cross and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the reputed site of his burial and resurrection. Finally, witness the New City of Jerusalem expanding beyond the Old City walls, a modern capital penetrating a frontier once greatly feared by the residents of the Old City, and a region whose future boundaries and battles will define the hopes, dreams and memories of the world.


Rick Ray walks through history and examines the elements that make the ancient city of Jerusalem one of the holiest places on earth. Follow the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa. Stand before the Western Wall, one of the holiest sites in Judaism. ..without reservation, Ray's work exceeds the industry's highest standards for cinematography and editing, script writing, sound recording or editing..... --National Geographic Society, March 2002

Fortunately for us armchair travelers, someone has elected to go out in the world's wilderness armed with only a 16mm camera, a child's sense of curiosity, and a superb understanding of diverse cultures. That person is Rick Ray, who is to travel videos what James Bond is to spy thrillers: the goods. --Randy Pitman, Video Librarian Magazine

What sets Rick Ray's travel tapes apart from the competition is a few simple but not easy to achieve qualities: 1) he is a grand storyteller, 2) he looks for the unusual and interesting - rather than merely replicating the boilerplate sights of a hundred similar travel guides, and 30 he knows that the true story of a given culture lies not in the architecture but in it's people... --Video Librarian Magazine

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  • Actors: None
  • Directors: Rick Ray
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Rick Ray Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 1997
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00079RC0U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,113 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on October 15, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Jerusalem, on the fulcrum of the Middle East, is a region of extremes. And this video points the finger, in no uncertain terms, at the enlightened souls who have made it a sacred place, and to the dogmatists who have profaned it for 3,000 years. It is so hard to find any depiction of this region free of an agenda. If there is any agenda in this film, it is to say that those in our world who profess only a single, unbending viewpoint about geography, politics and religion, will always fall and always fail. Pluralism is the lesson which Jerusalem must learn - that all the religions and sects are looking at the same God and calling it by different names. Having said that, this film does a marvelous job of presenting a balanced and respectful - even spiritual - appreciation of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Those who simply want to learn more about all the Holy sites and see footage of everything from the Western Wall to the Dome on The Rock to The Holy Sepulchre will be very satisfied. But running beneath the surface of this video is a very astute commentary on the short sighted belief that your faith, your country, your tribe must rule over this place that is greater than any one God. Brilliant work.
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