Best Documentary and People’s Choice Award
2021 LDS Film Festival
Sarah Street Hinze recalls having an intense and early yearning to find God and understand her relationship to Him.
“From a very early age, I was especially eager to learn about God,” says Sarah. “My search to know Him continued throughout my young years and into college.” After being introduced by a friend to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joining soon after, she attended college at UVU, where she met Brent Hinze, her future husband.
After marrying, Sarah had unusual experiences with some of her children before their births.
“Several of their births were preceded by dreams in which I saw or sensed the soul of the child to be born,” says Sarah. “In some cases, I was even told what the child’s chosen name was to be. I wondered if other parents had these experiences, and soon discovered that I was by no means the only one.”
What began as curiosity became a quest after she received a profound impression that part of her life’s mission was to research, teach and write about this subject. Sarah learned that from Biblical times through today, parents have had these shared experiences in many cultures. The Bible records some of these experiences, with mothers and fathers such as Mary & Joseph, Hannah, and others.
As she began doing so, her husband joined her in her research. They conducted interviews, collected case studies, gave talks and began to write. With Brent’s help, Sarah has published several books concerning remembering heaven and those waiting to be born, including The Announcing Dream, Memories of Heaven and The Castaways.
Sarah had felt for a long time that a film would aid in presenting her research. She remembers years earlier, when Elder Hartman Rector, Jr., stated that there would be a film after he’d read one of her books.
“There will be books, films, music, art, and various forms of media that will share this important information,” said Elder Rector as they visited together at a friend’s home.
“I was surprised,” says Sarah, “as I knew nothing of filmmaking. It seemed like an impossible dream, but I took his counsel to heart with faith that someday, with the Lord’s help, I would have a film.”
In 2018, while the Hinzes were serving a mission at the London England Temple, Sarah received an email announcing the Latter-day Saint Publishing & Media Association’s Annual Conference at BYU Provo, occurring soon after their return home. The prompting came over and over that she needed to attend, so when they returned in November, she followed her promptings, registered for the conference and flew to SLC.
At the conference, she networked until she was given the name of filmmaker Tom Laughlin, and her dream began to take shape.
The film shares personal stories of individuals who have accounts of seeing their unborn children in dreams or visions before their birth. Two top scholars, Dan Petersen and Terryl Givens, discuss pre-existence as described in the ancient texts.
You can learn more about Sarah’s documentary at www.sarahhinze.com. Look for its release in early 2021.