Liahona

Direction
Year
2013
Country
  • United States
Duration
70min
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Liahona is an experimental documentary examining the culture, history, and lived experience of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon faith. The film creates a portrait of Mormonism through documentation of LDS cultural dominance in Utah, the suppressed history of folk magic in the early church, landmark Mormon life experiences, and Sanders’ personal history and connection to the church. Found media with the voices of outsiders and insiders illuminate a religion that intrigues many, but is seen as mysterious or inaccessible. Liahona shifts through perspectives on the faith – from reverence to questioning, presenting the complexities of the vast institution of Mormonism contrasted with the tenuity of individual faith.

Liahona is an examination of how mysticism becomes mundane, the balance and the tension in Mormon life experience between the illogical and the pedestrian, the public face of Mormonism and gaps in accessibility. What is it about the Mormons that make them so distinctively different? Recorded on 16mm film, Liahona traverses Utah, Nauvoo and Carthage, Illinois and Independence, Missouri to piece together this portrait of a faith.

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Details

  • Original title
    Liahona
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Talena Sanders
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Talena Sanders
  • Editing
    Talena Sanders
  • Sound
    Talena Sanders
  • Duration
    70 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
    2013
  • Country
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Views From the Avant-Garde, New York Film Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, 2013
    • Indie Grits Film Festival, Nickelodeon Theatre, Columbia, SC, 2014
    • Marseille International Documentary Film Festival (FID Marseille), Marseille, France, 2014
    • Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (RIDM), Montreal, Q, Canada, 2014
    • Play-Doc Tui, Galicia, Spain, 2015
  • Awards
    • CAMIRA jury prize at Play-Doc Tui, Galicia, Spain, 2015

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