The Chosen tells the story of the first Christmas through the eyes of a shepherd whose life of suffering and rejection changes when he and his fellow shepherds receive a miraculous revelation.
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Simon, a disabled shepherd, struggles to keep pace with his counterparts, yet he diligently seeks to understand the ancient prophecies about the promised Messiah who will bring healing and hope to his people. Simon's weakness makes him a pariah among his fellow Israelites, especially the leader of the synagogue who is disgusted by his imperfection. Simon seems doomed to a life of pain and struggle as an outsider until a miraculous revelation allows him to be part of the greatest moment in history. Produced and directed by Dallas Jenkins (What If..., The Resurrection of Gavin Stone).
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Dallas Jenkins, producer and director of the winning 2010 faith-based feature What If… is the talent behind The Chosen: The Story of the First Christmas, part of a projected series on the life of Jesus. Buoyed by financial support from a successful crowdfunding campaign, The Chosen takes an interesting angle on the Gospels: Christ’s time on Earth is witnessed through the eyes of others. This initial episode focuses on a disabled shepherd who is an outcast among other, more prosperous sheep herders. The night that Jesus is born proves to be redemptive for the challenged hero, changing his perception of both himself and the world’s possibilities. Jenkins’s wise take on the Nativity scene also bucks tradition with a multiethnic cast. A fine rendition of the "first Christmas," this is recommended. Aud: P. (T. Keogh)