February 2017 Ministry Update

Nightwatch

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Why did we make a suspenseful short film? Fear is an emotion we all experience, and yet we have a Good Shepherd who is our protector and is trustworthy to deal with our fears.  (I used to have a printout of Isaiah 41:10 up on my wall:  ‘Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’)

So, when some colleagues learned of the appeal of the horror/suspense genre from women while in the Middle East, we saw a way to connect. Our desire is to make compelling films that spark spiritual conversations—to touch on a deep felt need that points to one’s need for the gospel. The end result is “Nightwatch,” a short film intended to appeal to a Middle Eastern audience. Watch it for yourself—in it, a boy has a book in which he sees a picture of a lion mid-leap, apparently attacking a man, and he also happens to have a toy stuffed lion nearby. The power goes out and he grabs a flashlight as it looks like the stuffed lion is moving closer to him… The tagline is “Not everything scary is bad.” It has a surprise ending.

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www.jesusfilm.org/watch/conversation-starters.html/nightwatch/english.html

(You can also see it via the “Jesus Film” app for Apple and Android devices.)

We’ve gotten feedback from staff who are excited to use the film to naturally lead to talk about fear, and how to deal with fear with others.

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About nagyworld

We serve with the JESUS Film Project a ministry of Cru. We love the Lord and have the privilege of using our gifting in art, design, and film making to provide tools to make Him known.

3 comments

  1. Janice

    Sorry but I don’t get the point of this at all. The surprise ending leaves one feeling far less than settled and is quite confusing as to what you are trying to convey. Am I missing something here?

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    • Thank s for your comment. I think your right. That the ending is unsettling. The goal of any short film we make is for it to prompt conversation. So after watching the film one could ask, what do you think. What did you like or not like. What do you think about the lion? Was it good or bad? From there hopefully you could move to more personal questions. Are there times you experience fear? How do you deal with It? How do you determine weather something is harmful or helpful? And then if people are willing you can share what has helped you face fear. Hope this is helpful.

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      • Also, I’d like to know if it was clear that the thing the boy was scared of (the lion) turned out to be what was trying to protect him from the evil thing seen at the end.

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