North Texas Woman Featured in Movie ‘Jerusalem 3D’

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DALLAS -- Perot Museum of Nature and Science is playing National Geographics's "Jerusalem 3D" through January 3rd.  This amazing IMAX film gives you a crystal clear look at the land billions cherish.

"This movie took us five years to make," director Daniel Ferguson explained. "One of the hardest movies I've ever been involved with.  To take a helicopter with a giant IMAX camera over the city of Jerusalem.  That hasn't been done in 25 years and we got the permission to do it.  We also got the permission to film in some of the most sacred places in the world to half the people on the planet."

Ferguson picked three teenage girls to represent the three different faiths of Jerusalem -- Muslim, Christian, and Jewish --and the Jerusalemite Farah Ammouri won the part as the featured Muslim.

"Who is a Jerusalemite from a long-standing family? A Palestinian family that's lived there for hundreds and hundreds of years," Ferguson said.

It just so happens that Ammouri moved to the Big D to major in neuroscience and minor in psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.

"I live here in Plano, Texas.  I moved here two years ago to pursue my education. It was challenging when I first came here just because I had to absorb everything that was going on," Ammouri said. "Everything is bigger in Texas, literally bigger in Texas.  I just love how people are very nice."

Ammouri said the film changed her perspective on the other neighboring religions in Jerusalem.  She has even become friends with her fellow Christian and Jewish Jerusalemites who appeared in the movie with her.

"It was challenging for us to communicate because the background that we come from.  Now what we learned from traveling together, that we have so much in common." Ammouri explained. "We are so similar, around the same age. We look so much a like.  We were mistaken as sisters at the airport."

With our world hurting right now, it's good to see these three becoming friends.

"In Jerusalem, there is a lot of tension. The main thing I learned from the movie is to learn how to tolerate other people and respect them," Ammouri said. "The movie experience was really interesting, it was hard, and it was challenging. I learned so much from it, and the outcome was amazing."