An Award-Winning Russian Animated Film about Christmas

Mikhail Aldashin, a Russian filmmaker, produced “Rozhdestvo” (Christmas) in 1996, winning several awards that year at various Russian and international festivals.

Set to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, the film is an otherwise silent portrayal of the Christmas story, told with child-like simplicity and occasional fantastical whimsy. Just one example of many: an angel stops a ravenous lion from killing a weeping bunny by reading from scripture about the young Messiah — and, upon hearing the news, the lion gladly takes the bunny and his family to greet the young Savior, laying a flower at Mary’s feet.

Enjoy…and be sure to let us know which scene you enjoy most.


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Seraphim Danckaert

Seraphim Danckaert is Director of Mission Advancement at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary. He holds an M.Div. from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and is a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.