A new minimalist short film has been released depicting the birth of Christ in a more Biblical way. The Nativity story has been so romanticized in film, song and the written word for so long it is refreshing to see the story set back in a more original context.
The result is a richly human look at what it must have been like.
Produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 18-minute film pops with overlooked details that many miss or merely do not know:
- The Shepherds we not ignorant of Christ and were jubliant at his coming
- The Wise Men did not find the child until he was nearly two years old
- Mary and Joseph were young and closer in age to each other than many suppose
- The presence and threat of Herod’s forces were real and constant
The story of Christ’s birth is so well known the filmmakers did not have to waste a lot of dialogue (as if you could understand the language anyway). The film does not sport sub-titles and it does not need to. Focus on the faces and the reactions – especially in the eyes – of the unknown actors in this film. That’s the storytelling here and it fit beautifully with the point of the film: