On Thursday, the filmmakers behind “Jane and Emma” announced The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will match their box office sales on Friday, October 12, 2018, in a donation to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
“Jane and Emma” follows the story of Jane Manning, a free black woman who converted to the Church, and Emma Smith, wife to the Prophet Joseph Smith, after the martyrdom. The film’s official synopsis reads:
Two women. One white. The other black. Society mandated they be enemies. The gospel of Jesus Christ required they be friends. On the eve of the death of Joseph Smith, his widow, Emma, is on the brink of destruction. In order to stand with her friend her darkest hour, one woman, Jane Manning, will need to hear the voice of God once more. Can she hear His voice again? And if so, can she find the strength to abide it?
“Jane and Emma” opens in select Utah theaters October 12, 2018. The film’s ability to open in other states depends on how box office sales go over the opening weekend. You can purchase tickets here.
Earlier this summer, the Church announced an expanded collaboration with the NAACP, including an education and employment initiative.