The movie "Jesus" is now available in 1,500 languages.
Late last year, the Jesus Film Project announced the 1979 movie has been translated into Daasanach, which is used by an ethnic group of about 70,000 people inhabiting parts of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan. With the lack of available and affordable education, many are illiterate.
On Nov. 11, about 300 people watched the film in a remote spot of Ethiopia. A news release said the crowd had doubled by the end of the film. It was the first time many had heard the Gospel.
This movie was created as an evangelizing tool, a way to share the story of Jesus so that it connects with people.
"Jesus" was envisioned by Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, known now as Cru, and was produced in cooperation with The Genesis Project. The Jesus Film Project organization was created in 1985 to continue the vision of showing this film to people in every country of the world. By 1993, viewings numbered a half-billion, growing to one billion by 1997.
The Jesus Film Project’s website says the movie "brings the story (of Jesus) to life in ways that transcend written communication. This is true especially in oral cultures — places where written communication is scarce. When people see the life of Jesus portrayed on screen, it is life-changing.”
The organization has set a goal to reach five billion people by 2025.
In 1980, a translation in Hindi was shown to people in the Philippines. By 1984, 100 translations had been made for the film. It has since been seen in more than 230 countries, and "The Guinness Book of World Records” says "Jesus" is the most watched film in history.
The movie is available on Blu-ray, DVD and digitally through Jesus Film Project app and website. The Jesus Film Project offers additional movies such as "Magdalena," a movie that specifically addresses Jesus ministry toward women, and "The Story of JESUS for Children."
For information on the project or to watch, visit jesusfilm.org.