Jericho is the oldest known walled city in the world. It is an oasis of
fertile land well watered by springs near the West coast of the Jordan
river. It is also at the centre of one of the most fascinating (and filmic)
accounts in the bible.
After spending forty years in the wilderness, Joshua and the Israelites were led by God through the River Jordan. They were on their way to the Promised Land, and the first city God promised to give to them was the fortress city of Jericho. The conquest of this great city with its seemingly impregnable walls would require a genius military plan. But God had chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (Corinthians 1:27).
So here was the master plan. They were to march around the walls of Jericho in silence once a day for six days and on the seventh day they were to march around it seven times. Then, the priests shall blow the trumpets and the people shall send up a mighty shout and the walls will fall flat. That’s it. No weapons, no noise, just faith and a shout of praise. Now that’s my kind of a battle.
So, faithful Joshua commanded the people as he was instructed. No word or noise should come out of their mouths for six days. If the enemy jeered and hurled insults or stones, they were to keep silent, if the heat of the sun became to much or if someone fell suddenly they were not to say a word. If a curious insect got a little too close, they were not to make a sound. Even if tiredness or frustration just made them want to yell out in agony they were to keep silent.
Amazingly, they were obedient. After all, this was the same God who had taken their forefathers through the Red Sea and across the river Jordan, the same God who provided manna every day for forty years and they never went hungry neither did their shoes get worn nor their clothes wax old. The same God who brought water out of a rock so they would not go thirsty. I guess they supposed it was worth giving Him a try.
So they followed the ingenious plan to the letter and on the seventh day, they marched around the Jericho walls seven times, the priests blew their trumpets, the Israelites sent up a great shout and you guessed it, the wall fell down flat (Joshua 6:20).
Jericho films was previously called J'Ouvert in honour of the annual Trinidadian celebration in which revellers exuberantly celebrate their rich cultural traditions and love of social parody. J'Ouvert is an admirable and fun celebration in many ways and we are proud of the work completed under its banner.
However, we believe that Jericho captures, more fully, the motivating force, boldness, confidence, strength, faith and love at the heart of our filmmaking. Most importantly, Jericho signifies the biblical principles on which our work ethics, and our lives, are firmly based.
We are grateful for the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the faithful Joshua breaking down walls in the name of the Lord.