A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see a screening of the movie, Jane and Emma. I always face screenings with a bit of trepidation, because I really want to be able to give a good review, but recognize that not all films deserve high praise. Fortunately, in the case of Jane and Emma, I was very impressed.
Jane and Emma is based on real people, Jane Manning and Emma Smith, and tells the story of their friendship in Nauvoo, Illinois in the early 1800's. I appreciated the fact that the writers did not gloss over the challenges that Jane faced as a black convert of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the prejudices of some of the other church members. Though I'm sure that being familiar with the history of the church added to my enjoyment of the film, viewers who have no background knowledge will still appreciate the story of friendship, loyalty, and faith.
The acting was first-rate, the writing was solid, and the musical score added to the feeling of the film. The film opened to screens in Utah on October 12, has expanded to Wyoming, and is hoping to open in other theaters throughout the nation. Updated locations can be found on the Jane and Emma website. I recommend watching it when you can.