DVD Release: June 16, 2015


What if Jesus was born in the 21st Century? “Savior” is a contemporary interpretation of the Christmas story set in modern England. Mary and Joe are working class twenty-somethings planning their wedding and trying to make ends meet. Everything changes when a supernatural visitor tells Mary that she will bear the Savior of the world! This reverent, contemporary treatment of the Christmas story gives a fresh perspective on the reality of Jesus’ coming. You will be laughing one minute and moved to tears the next as you watch this well-known story translated into modern culture. The film was written, directed, and produced by Freedom Church from Hereford, England. The actors are all from the church, and the original soundtrack was also written and produced by church members.

Dove Review

“Savior” does a nice job portraying the Nativity story in a modern setting. Joe and Mary, instead of Joseph and Mary, are engaged to be married. They have remained pure for their wedding night, so Joe is crestfallen and shocked when he learns that Mary is going to have a child. She explains that an angel appeared to her and told her this would happen. God helps Joe accept it.

This contemporary story takes place in England, and the Prime Minister declares a census will take place. Mary and Joe ride on Joe’s Moped! They can’t find an available hotel room when Mary is about to give birth. A nice man lets them use a travel trailer where Mary gives birth to her son and names him Jesus. Contemporary shepherds and wisemen visit them and the baby.

The artistic license works pretty well. It should be noted that the angels appear as shirtless men, and Mary and Joe have a frank but non-graphic conversation about not having had sex. We are pleased to award this contemporary Nativity story, which contains the main elements of Jesus’ birth, our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. Enjoy it as you contemplate what Jesus’ birth would be like in today’s world!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Conversation about Mary being a virgin and the couple not having sex; at their wedding we see Joe about to kiss Mary.
Language: "Blinkin' tray" comment-2.
Violence: None
Drugs: Man drinks; newspaper mentions an actress drinking and we see her request a glass of wine.
Nudity: Mild cleavage; woman wears a short dress; shirtless men who are angels.
Other: Man comments that if there is a God we don't need Him; girl has pierced nose; tension between characters; man says maybe people should have more faith in a "fetus."


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Freedom Chruch
Producer: Freedom Chruch
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 49 min.
Starring: Members of Freedom Church, Hereford, England
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter