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Monday Mentions: Jane and Emma Movie

Photo: A flyer advertising the Jane and Emma movie. A profile of Jane's face is at the top of the handout. At the bottom, Jane and Emma look towards the Nauvoo Temple. The caption is "Jane and Emma Coming to theaters October 12, 2018 facebook.com/janeandemmamovie

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. 


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  1. Interesting trailer - thanks for embedding it in your post. The film will be released in western Wyoming, so I don't know if I'll have the opportunity to see it.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. If the film doesn't make it to your area, you should be able to find it when it is released on DVD/Netflix/Amazon sometime next year, I believe.

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