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4 mdm Film-makers face history of Mountain Meadows Massacre By ANGIE PARKINSON angiepthespectrum.com . ST. GEORGE Call it 54 minutes of honesty. Students of a Dixie State College communications class held last Spring semester dared to use the controversial Mountain Meadow Massacre as the subject of their 54-minute documentary. The Mountain Meadows Massacre is the name given to an event in 1857 when a group of settlers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) joined with area Native Americans in killing 120 non-LDS pioneers. The group of pioneers was making its way to California. Controversy and questions about the involvement of LDS church leaders in the massacre has long been a sore topic for relatives of survivors and members of the LDS faith. Advisor for the class, Eric Young, recognizes the subject is controversial at best. But Young, a member of the LDS faith, feels that education is the key to understanding this tragic event "If people don't understand the story of the Mountain Meadow Massacre it will never go away. It will always haunt us," said Young. "We need to come to a reconciliation." The idea for the subject originated in a film he made about the massacre in his undergraduate days. "The first documentary was produced so poorly that I have always wanted a chance to do it again," said Young. "And I knew we had a very talented group of stu- . ; " dents." - - fe-j-'v The documentary, entitled "The Mountain Meadows Massacre" considers documented facts of the tragedy and also other elements such as "the psychology of the time." "It (the film) lifts this enigma from the Mormon settlers," said Young. "It does not justify what they do." Young and other students who worked on the film agree it would be impossible to justify the slaying of 120 people, but they say honesty will at least help heal. "There are obvious prejudices still prevalent today," said Young. "It is still a hotbed of controversy. This documentary represents what we could get at least two credible sources on." The religious background of students did come up while working on the project The majority of students who worked on the film are LDS. The actual filming brought some of the emotions associated with the tragedy to the surface. "It was haunting to say the least," said i I . 5 . . -w ' " Submitted by Eric Young Above, director of photography Jason deVilliers shoots a scene during the filming of "The Mountain Meadows Massacre" last spring near Toquerville. Below Dennis Rocks plays the part of Captain Fancher, leader of the wagon train that was ambushed by Mormon pioneers and Native Americans in the Mountain Meadows Massacre, during making of the film by the same name last spring. Young., "There were times' when we had to just stop the camera because we were literally weeping off camera. It was very emotionally charged." Students who worked on the project said there is much more to the story than , the facts, but in telling the facts, they were able to gain perspective on the rest of the story. - .:, "This is a controversial topic that is not necessarily the brightest moment in the church's history, yet it is a moment from . which we can learn," said David Chase, student producer of the film. "It's a story that is so profound and teaches us so many ' See MOUNTAIN on A3 1 : I t " i

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  1. The Daily Spectrum,
  2. 16 Dec 2000, Sat,
  3. Main Edition,
  4. Page 1

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