- "Now, hear that? The owls? That's the light of God in that tree, and in that owl. It shines in each and everyone of his creatures. Thee, Thomas, our Indian brothers...Stand in that light, Caty. Listen to God's still voice within thee. It will teach thee to trust."
- —Mr. Logan urges his daughter to trust God
Dear America: Standing in the Light is a short television film based on Standing in the Light by Mary Pope Osborne. The film is the fourth entry in the Dear America film series. It first aired on September 24, 1999 on HBO. The film starred Stephanie Mills, Marc Donato, and Grant Nickalls.
Catharine "Caty" Logan (Stephanie Mills) and her family live in a small Quaker village in the 1760s. The community is currently under threat of Indian attacks, causing her mother (Jane Johanson) to fret. Her father (C. David Johnson), however, does not fear the Indians, placing his faith in God. Caty and her younger brother, Thomas (Marc Donato) are walking to school, when a group of Indians capture them. Several nights later, one of the Indians takes Caty's diary from her.
She and Thomas are separated upon arriving at a Lenape village. Caty is adopted by old woman and her daughter, White Bird (Madeleine Bergeron) and Bright Eyes (Jennifer Podemski), though she does not realize it yet. A Lenape warrior, Snow Hunter (Grant Nickalls) returns Caty's diary, which eases her sorrow. One night, Caty dreams of Thomas calling to her from across the river. She attempts to cross it the next night. Snow Hunter stops her and in English warns her that it is dangerous.
Later, Caty pleads with Snow Hunter to help her find Thomas. She asks him why he has "turned against his fellow creatures to be savage". Snow Hunter points out her hypocrisy. Caty realizes the error of her thinking. She makes amends with Snow Hunter and tells him about her dream. Snow Hunter takes it as a sign and returns with Thomas, who is horribly sick. White Bird soon nurses Thomas back to full health. Caty and Thomas become comfortable in their new life.
Some nights later, Caty and Snow Hunter gives her his eagle necklace. He reveals that "Snow Bird [Caty] has captured Snow Hunter" and kisses her forehead. The next day, Caty gives Snow Hunter a shirt, before he sets off on a hunt. The village is attacked by white men, including one wearing Snow Hunter's shirt. They capture Caty and Thomas, and bring them home to their parents. Caty has a hard time adjusting back to her old life. She gives her diary to her father, so he will understand her experiences. After he finishes reading, he praises her for having "stood in the light".
Cast and characters
- Stephanie Mills as Catharine "Caty" Logan
- Marc Donato as Thomas Logan
- Grant Nickalls as Snow Hunter
- Madeleine Bergeron as White Bird
- C. David Johnson as William Logan
- Jane Johanson as Elle Logan
- Jennifer Podemski as Bright Eyes
- Jack Burning as Sachem
- John Stoneham Sr. as Rider #1
- Rick Parker as Rider #2
- Nickolas Swan as Joey
- Jessica Moyes as Lucy
- Diane Douglass as Mrs. Biddy
- Stuart Pierre as Brave #1
- Garnet Wilde as Brave #2
- Lance Lazore as Brave #3
Crew and credits
Home video releaseStanding in the Light was first released on video tape around 1999.
- Back of tape description:
"Caty Logan has always lived a quiet life with her Quaker family. But one day Caty's world is changed forever. The Lenape Indians, who have been viciously attacked by white settlers, retaliate by kidnapping Caty and her brother. Terrified and angry, Caty rejects the Lenape family that tries to raise her as their own. A handsome warrior named Snow Hunter teaches Caty to respect Lenape traditions.... and captures her heart. Now caught between two worlds, Caty wonders if she will ever be able to return to her old life."
Differences from book
- A few minor characters were removed from the story, including Jess Owen, Molly, Master Collins, and Thunder Arrow.
- For unknown reasons, White Owl's name was changed to "White Bird", Little Cloud to "Bright Eyes", and Little One to "Little Cloud". Caty's parents are also given first names, William and Elle, while they were unnamed in the book.
- Caty and Thomas are tied up by the Lenape who capture them. One of them also takes her diary, which Snow Hunter later gives back. Neither of things happen in the book.
- Snow Hunter's eagle was tattooed on his left arm, instead of his cheek.
- White Owl's daughter is mentioned to have died of smallpox, while Black Snake's son died from a rifle wound. In the book, they died of measles.
- After hearing Caty's dream, Snow Hunter retrieves Thomas by himself. In the book, he first showed her where Thomas lived. He later took her to Thomas, after hearing her second dream.
- In the film, Caty does not dream of "white bears" who attack the Lenape village.
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