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FILMING INSIDE AL-AQSA MOSQUE

Director Allan Dowthwaite was relieved when permission was granted to film inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Director Allan Dowthwaite was thrilled when permission was granted to film inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

Filming outside Islam’s 3rd holiest site is rare, let alone inside. It took a lot of negotiating and even the night before we weren’t sure if it would go ahead, so I was pleased when it all came together on the day. I think it helped that we were telling the story of the terrible excesses of the first crusade, but to be allowed to film John talking to camera out front of the mosque, and then get some great B-Roll inside both the mosque and the Dome of the Rock was a real privilege. It’s a great win for the production.