Words by Heart

Theatrical Release: August 26, 2003
DVD Release: August 26, 2003
Words by Heart


At the turn of the century, Lena Sills, a 12-year-old African-American girl, moves with her family to an all-white community in Missouri. Although the Sills are intelligent, sensitive, and hard working, they are rejected, victims of prejudice and fear. Proud of Lena’s quick mind and love for books, her father each day shares with her his love along with quiet words of faith, compassion and forgiveness, the principles that lie deep within his soul. It is these thoughtful, heartfelt words that will come to Lena when tragedy strikes, and give her the strength to go forward with courage.

Dove Review

This is a moving story, because we’re still dealing with the same issues in the 21st century: prejudice and fear of people who are different than us. Lena’s father is a role model for any child in any time or country: a hard-working man of integrity, patience, and love for others. His lived-out faith becomes a beacon for the entire community, as people are forced to examine their hearts after tragedy strikes. Mrs. Chism, the owner of a lot of land and the Sill’s landlady, becomes more tender hearted with exposure to Mr. Sills and Lena. I recommend this video for anyone. There are some great issues for families to discuss.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Feature Films For Families
Director: Robert Thompson
Producer: Martin Tahse
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 107 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Starring: Charlotte Rae, Robert Hooks and Alfre Woodard
Reviewer: Judy Mate