In November of 1833, the state of Missouri turned a blind eye as hundred of its peaceful inhabitants were hunted down and driven from their homes in the dead of night. Against this impending strife, a young man with a divine vision leads a people against the aggression of an anti-hero with a vulnerable past.
“The Work and The Glory II: American Zion” sets the story of the fictional Steed family against the historically factual backdrop of the Mormon people ‘s move into the West. Divided by their diverse reaction to a nascent ideology, the Steeds truggle to hold together as the strength of their convictions and their filial bonds are tested.
The stirring narrative of the faith that led a persecuted people to Missourri and beyond is one of the most poignant unsold tales of American history. It is the account of a valiant struggle to exercise the rights promised by a fledgling nation. “The work and the glory: American Zion” unearths the story of the passion behind the movement which eventually launched the largest American migration and the colonization of the West: the vision of a promised land in America.
This film adopts a distinctive narrative style which examines its characters through a lens which deciphers their motivations through the course of their actions. Laying out the plot in a literary: slice of life” approach, the film is bold in refainging from over- contextualizing its characters or imposing ready-made conclusions on the difficult situations it portrays.