We all know the Christmas Nativity story, the events happening around the birth of the historical figure Jesus of Nazareth. A virgin gives birth under the auspices of a star in the sky, and the world has never been the same. Many of us have just finished celebrating this story, and the significance of that event: God put on human flesh and stepped into history to provide life. To provide salvation. To provide hope where there is no hope.

There is a short film that was released on Christmas Day that drew from the Nativity story to tell a story. From its own description:

“Set against the space-race canvas of the 1960’s, Anomaly is inspired by the traditional Christmas Nativity and explores, through a modern-day lens, the events of two-thousand years ago. It is a story about relationships that intertwine around an unprecedented astronomical event, as a couple navigate life’s realities at a time of unfathomable significance.”

I’m partially biased because the film was produced by my younger cousin, Jens Jacob, and his company, Sypher Films. It is a marked change from the days he used to run around, terrorizing his mom’s Sunday School class, of which I was a part.

I could rave on and on about this movie, but I’ll let the short film speak for itself. In under 40 minutes, it explores love and heartbreak, darkness and light, wonder and hope. It pulls at your emotions. And it does all of this behind a backdrop of brilliant camera work and a haunting soundtrack.

This is not the Christmas birth narrative recorded as we have it in the two accounts in the Gospels. This is art. This is art that explores the emotions involved in the Nativity story. This is art that moves you.

This is a story about how light broke into darkness.

Listen to the soundtrack on Spotify:


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