Documentary telling Joseph Smith's story comes to public television stations

Thursday , October 05, 2017 - 3:23 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

A documentary chronicling the life of Joseph Smith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ founder, will soon be shown on KBYU Channel 11.

“Joseph Smith: American Prophet” is a 90-minute documentary narrated by the late Gregory Peck. The film chronicles the life and death of Smith, says a news release from WETA, a public television company based in Washington D.C.

Though more showings are in KBYU’s local television listings, a few upcoming showings are at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6; 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12; and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3. 

The film is produced by award-winning Utah filmmakers Mark Goodman and Lee Groberg, who are known for Fires of Faith, Handel’s Messiah, America’s Choir, First Freedom and other works, the news release says.

The film uses all-new historical dramatizations based on the accounts of Smith and his followers, the news release says.

Authors and historians from leading academic institutions are featured in the film, including some from Harvard and Columbia universities. Faith leaders — including LDS apostles Dallin H. Oaks and M. Russell Ballard — provide the movie with context, analysis and commentary. 

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