Jerusalem, from daybreak to sunrise: April 12th 2014 for 24 hours on ARTE and BAYERISCHES FERNSEHEN channel.

From 6am till 6 o’clock the following morning, from daybreak till night’s end, a unique opportunity to glimpse the everyday life of the people of Jerusalem – that’s the amazing experience offered by 24H JERUSALEM.
24H JERUSALEM tells the story of one day in this magical city full of contradictions. A one-of-a-kind project from the heart of a conflicted land – airing on TV and the Internet.

Jerusalem. A city like no other. A place of borders, dreams and ideologies. This is where heaven and earth meet – and with them, the religions of the world. Yet in Jerusalem, conflicts and struggles come to a head. For decades, Israelis and Palestinians have been wrestling for their own spot in this divided city.
24H JERUSALEM enables you to spend a day exploring this mystical melting pot. Experience exciting encounters within its narrow roads and ruins. Breathe history thousands of years in the making, and get to know the residents, who test life’s boundaries every single day.

Besides the TV programme 24H JERUSALEM.TV is also a web event.

Synchronizing your television with a 2nd screen (tablet, smartphone, computer) provides a new way to experience a documentary programme.

While the programme airs, discover a range of synchronized complementary information about people, places, the city’s history and habits, as well as Vines – short videos produced live in Jerusalem by our crew, the city’s inhabitants or people elsewhere in the world, in relation to the topic: Jerusalem. Sharing content with other users and the team of 24H JERUSALEM becomes a collective experience: informative, poetic and enjoyable.

24 days prior to broadcast enjoy the start of the countdown to this event. Discover the video blog of Volker Heise, project director of 24H JERUSALEM, as he reveals the team’s daily adventures and misadventures producing the programme in a city torn apart by historical and ever-present conflict.

For a one-off period of two months, the TV programme 24H JERUSALEM will be available for viewing on the web, along with all the complementary content collected before and live during broadcast on April 12th 2014.

Volker Heise

For several years, he worked with producer Thomas Kufus (Zero One Film) on new documentary formats. He was responsible for several docu-soaps on daily life in different periods: 1900 – castle life, There are 100 years in the Black Forest (Grimme 2003) and The Culinary Adventures of Sarah Wiener, all broadcast on ARTE.

In 2008-2009, Volker Heise has developed and produced, with Thomas Kufus, the television project 24h Berlin – A Day in the Life. With the help of more than 70 operators, he documented a day in the life of a big city and dealt with this matter in a TV a 24-hour documentary broadcasted on September 5, 2009 on Arte and RBB for the 20th anniversary of the Berlin’s wall fall. With producer Thomas Kufus he received the Special Prize of the Robert Geisendörfer and the German Television Award in 2010.


From April 12th 2014 at 6H00 AM until April 13th 2014 at 6H00 AM sur Arte (France and Germany), BR (Germany) and NRK (Norway) and on the web in all Europe.

From April 18th 2014 at 6H00 AM until April 19th 2014 at 6H00 AM on YLE (Finland)