Filmmaker's journey of a lifetime becomes a surprising pilgrimage for the ages as she travels the globe to find out if the world's best-selling book contains ancient hidden cipher messages the public has never read.

Travel to 23 countries and down a rabbit hole of history on an epic quest to learn decryption methods using archaeoastronomy, ancient cryptography and clues from the past.

One of the amazing parchments filmed for the series are read aloud by Ethiopian Orthodox monks, using candlelight. The priests are trained from youth to care for and read the texts, by candlelight, and have passed down these hand-written copies of the Bible in Ge'ez (and more recently Amharic) for several hundred years longer than the English version has existed.

One of the amazing parchments filmed for the series are read aloud by Ethiopian Orthodox monks, using candlelight. The priests are trained from youth to care for and read the texts, by candlelight, and have passed down these hand-written copies of the Bible in Ge'ez (and more recently Amharic) for several hundred years longer than the English version has existed.

Pigments from ancient paint can still be seen adorning stunning temples throughout Luxor, Egypt. The deeply carved hieroglyphs on towering walls and grand columns could only once be seen by high priests and the pharaoh—closed off to any other ancient people. Today, they are open to tourists. The filmmaker explored many while researching for the documentary and interviewing experts.

Pigments from ancient paint can still be seen adorning stunning temples throughout Luxor, Egypt. The deeply carved hieroglyphs on towering walls and grand columns could only once be seen by high priests and the pharaoh—closed off to any other ancient people. Today, they are open to tourists. The filmmaker explored many while researching for the documentary and interviewing experts.

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KIM I. MOTT
filmmaker - Kim Mott (formerly Kim Mance) is a widely published travel writer and photographer, as well as an on-camera television host (Travel Channel, Comcast On-Demand, History UK) and producer. For this passion project Kim traveled for two years to 23 countries and 17 US states after three years of research.

Read more about the filmmaker.

ROBERT REID
executive producer - Robert has been in the travel publishing industry for more than two decades, working as an on-air host, writer, publisher, and videographer. He also served as spokesperson for brands like Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler. He’s produced and hosted over a hundred travel videos, including a National Geographic Learning's US history textbooks video series and 2017’s award-winning Connecting Cultures series for Star Alliance.

JAMES SANDERSON
cinematographer, producer - Jim is passionate about collaborating with storytellers, archeologists and explorers, with 25 years of world travel, shooting pictures and film to preserve the environment and document rituals, spiritual journeys, and festivals. He uses large format cameras, drone imagery, and fluid motion capture to bring stunning imagery to Book of Shadows.

A grand staircase leads to the top of Capitoline Hill where sits an entire piazza designed by none other than legendary #artist Michelangelo. The Roman Pope Paul III commissioned him for the work in 1536 before a visit from King Charles V. The piazza’s concentric circles look toward the Vatican City and within it there’s an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the Fontana della Dea Roma. A fantastic lookout over the Roman Forum hides around the corner just behind the Townhall of Rome.

A grand staircase leads to the top of Capitoline Hill where sits an entire piazza designed by none other than legendary #artist Michelangelo. The Roman Pope Paul III commissioned him for the work in 1536 before a visit from King Charles V. The piazza’s concentric circles look toward the Vatican City and within it there’s an equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the Fontana della Dea Roma. A fantastic lookout over the Roman Forum hides around the corner just behind the Townhall of Rome.

An Eastern Orthodox Christian parishioner kisses a glass-covered stone within the Holy Tomb inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Lore since the time of Helena — mother of Constantine the Great — says the church was established in the early 4th Century and that the tomb of Jesus is beneath this chapel built inside a great rotunda within the basilica. Legend also says it’s the site of the crucifixion, since Helena also reported this is where she found remnants of the true cross … during her visit to Israel hundreds of years after the story of Jesus began spreading throughout the Roman Empire.

An Eastern Orthodox Christian parishioner kisses a glass-covered stone within the Holy Tomb inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Lore since the time of Helena — mother of Constantine the Great — says the church was established in the early 4th Century and that the tomb of Jesus is beneath this chapel built inside a great rotunda within the basilica. Legend also says it’s the site of the crucifixion, since Helena also reported this is where she found remnants of the true cross … during her visit to Israel hundreds of years after the story of Jesus began spreading throughout the Roman Empire.

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