“In Utah, it’s… there’s a lot of… caucasians that live there.”
I love the film documentary Sisterz in Zion, which is showing on BYU-TV tonight at 9 p.m. A video portrait of a handful of young women of color in New York City, converts, some of whom are immigrants from other countries, who are the only LDS person in their separate schools, sometimes in their families. We meet these teens as their leaders decide to arrange for them to attend an EFY conference in Provo. It is a cool opportunity to meet other kids with their same standards–and a place where they feel unexpectedly more out of place than ever.
A long time ago I was a suburban kid from Los Angeles on my first trip to Utah–Utah can be strange when you are a teenager from somewhere else, with the casual primacy the people seems to claim on the gospel and their culture, that doesn’t seem to mesh with who you are or speak to the circumstances or intensity of your own experience.
If you get BYU-TV, Sisterz in Zion will be on tonight at 9 p.m. MST. Worth seeing, and in this case free. It’s a small epiphany you can schedule.
I’m no where near BYU-TV of course. I bought the DVD last year, so I could see it and watch it again whenever I want. They didn’t have time to show the whole thing between those conference sessions in 2006.
And, if you collect cool websites, the one for this documentary is darling.