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By Kent Larsen

Mountain Meadows Massacre Documentary Featured At Film Festival

ST GEORGE, UTAH -- A film festival held in St George, Utah Saturday featured a documentary on the Mountain Meadows Massacre made by a local film professor and relative of then LDS Church President Brigham Young. Eric Young, professor of film at Dixie College and a descendant of Brigham Young's brother, said he made the film with the aim of clearing Brigham Young of responsibility for the massacre, but was unable to find the evidence to do so.

The documentary draws heavily from the classic 1950 book, "Mountain Meadows Massacre," by Mormon historian Juanita Brooks. Like the book, the film is sympathetic to John D. Lee, the Mormon pioneer convicted for the massacre and shot at the massacre's location, 20 years later. Lee is widely considered a scapegoat.

Professor Young says he approached the subject after trying to date a descendant of Lee. "I went to pick her up for our first date," Young says, "and her mother told me that because of what [Brigham Young] did to her ancestor, John D. Lee, she wouldn't let me date her daughter."

The documentary was one of 23 films shown as part of the festival.


Documentary on Massacre Headlines Eclipse Festival
Salt Lake Tribune 11Nov00 A4
By Lin Alder: Special to the Tribune


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See also:
More about Juanita Brooks' "The Mountain Meadows Massacre" at

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