THE HOLY CITY

By Nimrod SHANIT, Timur MUSABAY

BLIMEY - as SALES All rights, World / DISTR / PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Transport yourself to “The Holy City” of Jerusalem, explore it's secrets with unparalleled access to the most sacred sites of the world’s spiritual epicenter. Inspiring empathy and understanding, this interactive experience is an innovative, immersive, and sensory story celebrating our shared values

Festivals
& Awards

Cannes 2019
Raindance 2019
nominated for best immersive documentary
GIFF 2019
nominated for best immersive documentary
FIVARS 2019
nominated for best immersive documentary
BBFF 2019
Awarded for best immersive documenatary
Leipzig 2019
nominated for best immersive documentary
Verzio 2019
nominated for best immersive documentary
Stereopsia 2019
nominated for best stereo 360 documentary
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Experimental, VR - AR
    • Countries
    • CANADA, ISRAEL
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, HEBREW
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 45 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Nimrod SHANIT, Timur MUSABAY
    • Producer(s)
    • Nimrod SHANIT (BLIMEY), Sean EVANS (Holy City VR), Sean EVANS (OCCUPIED VR)
    • Synopsis
    • For thousands of years, Jerusalem has captured our hearts and souls with its indescribable magnetism. Known to many as The Holy City, Jerusalem carries an undeniable spirituality. Our innovative VR experience will capture this energy and invite others from around the world to immerse themselves in Jerusalemʼs Old City through an Interactive Virtual Reality Documentary, the first of its kind. Beyond what a traditional documentary could offer, VR has the power to affect the user in ways that mirror actual experience, making you feel as if you are actually there. Using cutting edge photogrammetrical technologies that allow us to capture real environments in unparalleled detail, and through exclusive relationships with key local religious figures, we were granted unforeseen access to key holy sites throughout Jerusalem; including The Western Wall, The Holy Sepulchre, Al-Aqsa mosque and The Dome Of The Rock. For the first time, these sacred sites will be presented in room-scale Virtual Reality; bookmarked by their holiest events, The Orthodox Easter celebrations at the Holy Sepulchre known as the Holy Fire ceremony, the Ramadan prayers at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and the Priestly blessings at the Western Wall. By giving participants a greater understanding of the people around them and creating challenging interactions simulating the daily rituals unique to the city, we have created the ability to explore the fundamental similarities between the Abrahamic religions that co-inhabit the city and realize that we live by the same and comparable virtues. The Holy City has the potential to be an extremely powerful empathy tool that supports multiculturalism and diversity initiatives worldwide.