This movie is about the accidental shooting of a woman and of the faith in Jesus that brings her back. As she lies dying, her soul goes on a symbolic journey in which it rejects Hell for Zion, Satan for God, at the foot of the cross. When she awakens recovered, the choir of sisters and brothers from the church come in to sing and celebrate the miracle. The movie offers a glimpse into Southern Baptist life from an African-American perspective. It was written and directed by pioneering independent filmmaker Spencer Williams, and made specifically for African-American audiences in segregated movie theaters. The Blood of Jesus remains one of the most highly regarded films of Williams' career, and it was placed in the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1991. In 2008, SMU's print of The Blood of Jesus was preserved with a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Title: The blood of Jesus. Creator: Amegro Films. Contributors: Williams, Spencer (writer, producer, director); Sack, Alfred (producer) Date: Original created in: 1941
Part Of Tyler, Texas Black film collection.
KeywordsL African Americans; Baptists; religion; drama. Original Media: 35mm cellulose acetate film. Form / Genre: Motion pictures, Melodramas. Digital Resource Type: video. Digitization Date: Digitized for web: 2009
FILM and TEXT CREDIT: Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, G. William Jones Film and Video Collection The blood of Jesus