Coming attractions

Here are a couple of documentaries to add to my Want To See list.

Gospel Without Borders

EthicsDaily.com announces the availability of its newest documentary – “Gospel Without Borders” – on the heels of draconian anti-immigration laws passed in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana and South Carolina, heated disagreement over the federal direction of comprehensive reform, and punitive bills expected next year in Florida, Tennessee and other states.

Shot in five different states, the documentary separates myth from fact, examines the biblical record about the treatment of the “stranger,” explores the experiences of documented and undocumented immigrants, and looks at how goodwill Christians address the overheated issue of immigration.

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This Is What Love in Action Looks Like

In the summer of 2005, Zach, a 16-year-old boy from Memphis, Tennessee wrote on his MySpace blog that he had told his parents he was gay. Within days of his coming out, his mother and father would send him to Love In Action (LIA), a fundamentalist Christian program that refers to homosexuality as an addictive behavior. The depressed and fearful teenager shared his feelings on his blog.

Zach’s parents had enlisted the support of LIA’s newly formed program for teens, called Refuge, with the hope that his gay “addiction” could be cured. His blog entries quickly spread from his friends to the local community as well as gaining national attention. In a remarkably short time, daily protests were organized outside the campus of LIA. …

[The documentary] follows the events that led up to and sparked this story, the ongoing protests and the events that have continued since, including state investigations into LIA’s practices, a lawsuit filed by LIA against the State of Tennessee, as well as the story of the return of a former teen client of Refuge a year later to speak out against the program in a “one year anniversary protest.”

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Daniel Gonzales has a review on Box Turtle Bulletin.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll definitely be watching the first. Every time I’m prepared to have nothing nice to say about Christianity in this country I’m reminded about the church folk who say “Fuck you and the horse you rode in on” to laws like this and help undocumented folk out. 

  • WingedBeast

    One of the constants we will always find in this world is that cruelty will always be easier than kindness.  Another is that blind obedience to doctrine will always be easier than investigation and thought.

    Life only moves forward when we’re ready to push past that first, easy, self destructive impulse.

    Seriously, he doesn’t know why people are picking on LIA?  I mean, honestly.  You may not believe them, but at least compehend their position.

  • friendly reader

    It’s good to know there are alternatives to this out there…

  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.garrett Bruce Garrett

    I’m listed as an “associate producer” on Morgan’s film (which basically just consisted of money and some hardware support), and contributed a lot of the still photography he used in it, a thing I’m very proud of.

    Morgan did a great job on it, considering how much was going on back then when Zach’s story hit the blogosphere, then the major news outlets, then the international press. I think he made exactly the right decision to keep the documentary focused on Zach’s local community and friends because that was were the heart and soul of the story is.  I haven’t seen the final cut of it yet, just the almost-final one he sent to me, but it is a work with a lot of heart in it.  One thing it did for me that was completely unexpected was how it changed my attitude toward John Smid. I cannot begin to tell you how angry what he was doing to those kids in there made me. I was livid. And now I’m not. I know a lot of other people, folks who had to go all through that themselves, probably still are and I won’t take issue with their right to be angry at him still.  But I’m not.  Not anymore.  Morgan did that.  Being a part of this film did more for me then just make me happy my still photography was useful to someone.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, gods, I remember that. I was fresh out of my own dominionist and anti-gay upbringing (including forced therapy), and it hit me like a semi.

    I just hope he’s doing ok. I made it past my shit for the most part, but was never subjected to that level of brainwashing.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, gods, I remember that. I was fresh out of my own dominionist and anti-gay upbringing (including forced therapy), and it hit me like a semi.

    I just hope he’s doing ok. I made it past my shit for the most part, but was never subjected to that level of brainwashing.


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