Available March 2019. Pre-order now!
This acclaimed film is based on the historical record of the friendship between Jane Manning, one of the first black members of the Church, and Emma Smith, wife of the Prophet Joseph. Told in the wake of Joseph Smith's assassination, Jane and Emma explores the profound relationship between these two great women and the strength and unity they find together during troubling times.
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I saw Jane and Emma and immediately bought tickets to take my college-age children and best friend to see it as well. Such a powerful story told in a unique way. Every Church member needs to see this, know Jane's and Emma's stories, and experience the raw emotion portrayed in this film. I left it with a sense of gratitude for the incredible sacrifices and examples of these women who have faced-down prejudice, hate, and immensely-difficult life circumstances—and lived their lives the best they could in spite of it all. The film shines through the portrayal of relationship and small actions that affect change on an individual level. A wonderful soundtrack and fine production encircle the actors' powerful portrayals in this historical treasure.
This is a type of film that doesn't come along often. It stretches the boundaries of the typical "norm" and has the potential to open up minds and hearts. It is no coincidence this film was released during the 40th anniversary year of the revelation given in 1978. Watch this movie. Be ready to be changed. And share it with others. You will be glad you did.
We loved JANE AND EMMA! A strong film filled with powerful questions of faith, family, and sisterhood. The mighty Jane Manning James was so beautiful depicted by a breathtaking actress. Perfectly cast, well acted, beautifully shot. We will watch and rewatch this film in our home with friends and family until the end of time.
My wife and I absolutely love this movie. What a great story of love and Sisterhood. We know so little about this chapter of our own history, and to be able to see it told in such a beautiful and inspiring way has really been a blessing in our lives. Jane Manning James is an inspiration to us as a pioneer that did whatever her Father in Heaven asked.
Someone finally bothered to ask Emma why she stayed. So good!
My wife and I were thoroughly captivated by Jane and Emma. This is a story that neither of us had heard. Both actresses were superb in their roles and the story really broadened our perspective on early Church history. I was not surprised by the elements of prejudice portrayed in the story, since the fact that we're dealing with an LDS city and culture doesn't negate the reality of systemic prejudice that was often the norm during that time in our country's history. I would recommend the movie to anyone with that caveat... understand that people have prejudices regardless of their religion. Isn't that one of the things that Jesus tried to teach us to do; to overcome our prejudices and to love one another? God bless Jane Manning!
I took my 18 yr old to see this after following posts on Facebook by the producers throughout their filming process. Having spent much time in Nauvoo I am always interested in learning more about the people that lived and interacted with the Smiths. I’m also grateful that we are able to have open and honest discussions about the uncomfortable history. I was impressed at how deeply you could feel the message the actors were trying to portray. At times it felt raw. Emotions run deep. Although this is subject to interpretation I felt Emma’s loss to be realistic and Jane’s faith to be inspiring. Yes it is a little dark, this will not be like any other movie you will have watched portraying Church History. It is not for young children. It will open the doors for a conversation - and one I love having with those I know who have seen it. Powerful & moving.