Roadmap Jerusalem is a documentary that tracks the connection of Jerusalem to the Jewish people by exploring the biblical, archaeological and political history of the city. Over the course of filming, Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz realized that only under the control of the modern state do all people of all religions have unfettered access to her holy sites.
In this documentary, Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz explores the cultural, spiritual and political background of the city of Jerusalem.
For thousands of years, Jerusalem has been a significant site for Jewish people. It has also become a beloved holy land for other faiths and cultures. The debate as to wether Jerusalem should be Israel’s capital has been hotly contested in political spheres, so Rabbi Lebovitz consults with experts in the Bible, history and regular joes to get to the bottom of what Jerusalem truly is, and who it really “belongs” to.
Jerusalem is an interesting city; a lot of people may have opinions about it, but they may not necessarily know much about this historic place. Roadmap Jerusalem is eye-opening for sure; I learned so much in its short run time. The people interviewed are so passionate about Jerusalem while at the same time being accepting and loving. The film emphasizes the point that although the topic of who Jerusalem “belongs” to may be divisive, the purpose of the city is one of brotherhood.
It’s refreshing to see a film today which is out to prove a point but isn’t willing to step on anyone to do it. The love for Jerusalem and all its visitors and residents is easily felt throughout the film, which walks the fine line between fact and opinion, emotion and truth.
Roadmap Jerusalem is an excellent documentary with heart and integrity that also just so happens to be squeaky clean. For these reasons, we award the film our Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Roadmap Jerusalem is an educational and eye-opening look at the spiritual and political significance of Jerusalem.