Record: Polygamists, The
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Films for the Humanities & Sciences
This absorbing documentary travels to the town of Mant, Utah, to follow several of the 450 families there who practice plural marriage. In the name of religion--the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days, a splinter group from the Mormon religion--women live side-by-side with other female partners in a male-dominated household and devote themselves to bearing children. Self-appointed prophet and leader of the group, Jim Harmston, who has eight wives, claims that an angelic visitation instructed him to take extra wives. Several wives discuss their attitudes toward their subservient, plural roles, and the benefits of polygamous relationships. This is a nonjudgemental view of a controversial topic.--Cf. container.