The Lost Tomb of Jesus

120 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: Vision TV, Discovery Channel US, Channel 4, ProSieben and Channel 8 • Production year: 2007

In 1980, a bulldozer accidentally uncovered a first-century tomb in Jerusalem. Of the ten ossuaries (stone coffins) found inside, six bore inscriptions: Jesus son of Joseph, Maria, Mariamene (the name by which Mary Magdalene was known), Joseph, Matthew, and Judah son of Jesus. Dismissed by archaeologists as coincidence, the ossuaries were warehoused and forgotten. Twenty-five years later, filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici and his team went in search of the ossuaries…and the lost tomb. What they found may well be the most controversial archaeological discovery of all time.

Written and directed by: Simcha Jacobovici
Producers: Simcha Jacobovici, Ric Esther Bienstock and Felix Golubev
Executive Producers: Simcha Jacobovici & James Cameron

Award highlights:

  • Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography in a Docudrama
  • Gemini Award, Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series, 2007
  • Gemini Awards Nomination, Best Writing in an Information/Documentary series, 2007
  • Gold Worldmedal, New York Festivals, 2008