DVD Release: October 13, 2009


Jada is a faith based story of a woman whose life becomes chaotic when her husband is killed in a questionable car accident. Her once-comfortable middle-class lifestyle comes crashing down when an insurance company labels the accident a suicide and refuses to pay her benefits as the survivor.

As a result, Jada and her two teenage children, Jasmine and Jamal, become homeless and have to live in their car until the pastor of a local church, the Rev. Terence Mayweather, comes to their aid. The family finds shelter in a low-income housing project, but Jamal becomes entangled in the neighborhood gang. Throughout the ordeal, Jada’s unwavering faith in God keeps the family together. An unlikely savior arrives in the person of Simon Williams, who has been released from prison on the Reverend Mayweather’s strong recommendation. Simon becomes a mentor to Jamal in an attempt to steer him away from the gang, but tensions are high between Simon and the head of the gang and Jamal is faced with a life changing decision. Will he choose the streets or will he choose God?

Dove Review

“Jada” is a moving recount of a young families’ struggles as they adjust to the death of a father and the resulting loss of their home. Financial struggles face many families, often displacing them from the lives that they used to know.

In this film, Jada faces many challenges as she tries to keep her son and daughter safe in their new life in a not-so-nice neighborhood in East LA. The situations portrayed are indeed stark and rough but not unrealistic in any way. While Dove would like to award our seal to a film of this type with a strong message of the need for fathers and mentoring of our youth, we cannot do so due to the language used.

Content Description

Sex: Several kissing scenes - mildly passionate; Scenes involving prostitutes
Language: G/OG/OMG-10; Swear to God-1; J-1; D-1; Skank-2; Butt-3; Wh*re-1; H-3; A-4; Crack head; P*ssy-1; Slang for male genitalia-1
Violence: Car crash resulting in death - not graphic; Boy being beaten by gang members as an initiation; Man beaten up by gang members; Boy robs old mad; Guns shown a few times; Man punches and chokes boy; Woman slaps another woman
Drugs: Brief Smoking; Drinking; Drugs traded for information
Nudity: Cleavage and immodest dress on prostitutes; Shirtless man w/ tattoo of naked woman covering her breast with one hand.
Other: Gangster Rap music a few times; LA street life portrayed realistically


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Writer: Rob Johnson
Director: Rob Johnson
Producer: 21 MM Films, Melee
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe