The year is 1858. As the U.S. Army marches on Salt Lake City, Brigham Young has ordered the Saints to evacuate their homes. Diantha Clay - powerfully portrayed by veteran Barta Heiner, A BYU professor who wrote and performed the original stage production - is an aging midwife who stays behind to help a woman about to give birth. The woman was knocked unconscious when her husband struck her as they passed Diantha's cabin, and now Diantha struggles to hold the door shut against the angry husband.
In the next scene, the husband is gone; Diantha now faces a smiling stranger who seems to know her but doesn't explain why he's there. As Diantha tends to her laboring patient and converses with the stranger, she reflects on her childhood and a myriad of memories - from miraculous healings to painful decisions. She takes the stranger to Far West with her to visit a terrible time in her past. Along the way, she confronts her fears, her guilt, and her prejudice against those who have caused pain to her family and her friends. This moving and thought-provoking production will be a treasured addition to any DVD library.
It makes me wonder how a movie this great can be so unnoticed. It is a film made by Latter-day Saints, and mainly for LDS also. It is so well acted, so sophisticated in its nuances, such a treasure for the heart. It pains me that Deseret Book failed to promote this gem of a production as it so deserved. Dang sad. This should have absolutely been released on Blu ray.
After seeing THE COKEVILLE MIRACLE I was very impressed with the actress who played the senior teacher who did so much to help the children. I had the distinct feeling that I had seen her in an earlier LDS film and wanted to know more about her. Turned out that she had a supporting role in BRIGHAM CITY that had impressed me and a lead role in the delightful recent release ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE. While at the Deseret Book store checking out DVD's I saw her picture on the cover of the DVD DIANTHA'S CROSSING and bought it. Turns out that BARTA HEINER is not only a excellent character actress but also a Professor at BYU and the author of the play that this video was based on. Barta Heiner gives a nuanced performance that is very touching and has written a story that offers much to ponder. It would be interesting to see her perform this on the stage but the adaptation for this video is very well done. The direction, photography, sets and music are all enhanced by sensitive performances from the entire cast. This is a little GEM that I am very glad to have found. Highly recommended.
I came across this film on the BYU channel while channel surfing. I recorded it and watched it a second time with family members. Great thought provoking story with a twist! Very Good!
In only an hour this DVD relates early events in Mormon history, the issue of not forgiving one's self, and life after death in a beautifully and sensitively crafted drama. It is a Must See!
It may seem a little slow at first, but if you watch the whole movie, it is really great.
I was able to watch thus during October Conference, what a treat. The actress is outstanding and the whole concept and message are wonderful. I am so excited to see that I can purchase this to watch it again.