Israeli-Canadian producer Simcha Jacobovici won a Gold Dolphin Award in the category of “Science and Information” at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards for the documentary “The Resurrection Tomb Mystery” (aired this year on Israel’s Channel 1).
“The Resurrection Tomb Mystery” follows the four-year journey of three-time Emmy award winner Jacobovici (who also blogs at The Times of Israel) as he employs ground-penetrating radar and robotic cameras to explore the contents of a near pristine 1st century tomb. Carved on the sides of a first century ossuary (bone box) are images of the earliest Christian cross ever found, a fish (the earliest symbol of Christianity) and a statement of faith and resurrection. Since these discoveries are only 60 meters from the controversial “Jesus Family Tomb” in Jerusalem’s Talpiot neighbourhood, Jacobovici says they strengthen the argument he first made in 2007 (“The Lost Tomb of Jesus”) that Jesus, his family, and the earliest Christians are buried in these tombs.
“It’s great to be in Cannes”, Jacobovici said, “and it’s especially great to be recognized in the technology and science category. We believe that our robotic cameras pushed the envelope of Jerusalem-based archaeology and brought back images that will be debated for decades. I think we should start looking at the beginning of Christianity from the perspective of Jewish history and Israeli archaeology. It’s a field that’s been dominated for too long by Christian theology”.
Jacobovici is a multi award-winning independent filmmaker, whose films have been honored with numerous awards, including a Dupont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, the British Broadcast Award, a Royal Television Society Award, three Gemini Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award and an unprecedented three US Emmys for “Outstanding Investigative Journalism” (1995, 1996, 2007).
The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards was established to honor “the world’s finest corporate films, online media and TV documentaries.” The festival is known for its prestigious participants, innovative and qualitative works, prominent Jury members (Oscar and Emmy winners), and producers from around the world. This year there were entries from over 40 countries.