Tobi and I went to a screening of the new movie Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons tonight.
One thing that you may not know is that African Americans have been members of the Church since its founding, and that in the 1830's some black men were given the priesthood. The movie included the story of Elijah Abel, a black member of the Church who was ordained an elder by Joseph Smith in 1836. Apparently, there is good documentation that at least seven black men were given the priesthood in the 1830's. The first branch president of Boston was black. The ban against blacks holding the priesthood was only later instituted in Utah by Brigham Young.
The movie is very much targeted at a faithful LDS audience. (It's faith promoting on the whole.) I thought it soft-pedaled the Church's history of racism, but maybe that's what you have to do to keep the movie from being rejected by an LDS audience.
One of the things I liked about the movie was the amount of interview footage of black Mormons who had experienced the ban.
The filmmakers, Margaret Young and Darius Gray, answered questions after the screening. They mentioned that the film will be available on DVD in mid-November. The DVD has 100 extra minutes of historical material, which sounded very interesting.