The history of Jesus Film Project®

1979: JESUS premieres in 250 U.S. theaters. Watch the full film here.

1980: JESUS has first international showing in Hindi to 21 million Indian viewers. First JESUS film teams launch in Philippines.

1984: JESUS film translations reach 100.

1985: The ministry “The JESUS Film Project” is founded.

1989: First Soviet Union language premier in Georgia, the birthplace of Stalin.

1991: First convocations on Christian morals and ethics, linked with the JESUS film, are held for Russian educators. It becomes the International School Project.

1993: JESUS reaches an astonishing one-half billion viewings.

1997: JESUS reaches one billion viewings and is translated into 400th language. Dramatic audio/radio versions of JESUS developed.

1999: JESUS reaches 500 translations. The Story of Jesus for Children is produced.

2001: JESUS is shown in every country around the globe. Audio/radio translations reach 200. The JESUS film is distributed in New York after the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.

2002: Total viewings: 5 billion, Translations reach 700.

2003: JESUS film translations 800, audio/radio translations 300, JESUS: Fact or Fiction? apologetic DVD produced and packaged with JESUS film.

2004: The Global Short Film Network begins.

2007: 1,000th translation of JESUS. The film Magdalena: Released from Shame premiers at the United Nations, NY—and in 22 countries.

2009: Film translations: 1,071, Audio/radio translations (The Story of Jesus): 423, Translations of The Story of Jesus for Children: 135, Translations of Magdalena: Released from Shame: 48.

2012: Erick Schenkel named executive director of Jesus Film Project. Jesus Film Project app is released.

2013: 10,000th projector shipped.

2015: Enhanced 35th-anniversary Blu-ray edition of JESUS released. Version 2.0 of the Jesus Film Project app makes it easier for people to find videos of Jesus in their own language. Jesus Film Project sets goal to reach an additional 5 billion people by 2025.

2017: 1,500th language produced for the Daasanach people.

Today: Jesus Film Project carries more than 30 short and feature length films, and has partnered with more than 1,500 ministries to see more than 500 million indicate decisions to follow Jesus.

Jesus Film Project’s goal is to help people experience Jesus in their own language using media tools and momentum-building strategies. The fact that JESUS has been recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Translated Film” in history reveals how seriously we take the objective to share the gospel with people from every nation, tribe, and tongue.

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