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  • DVD cover image "Through my eyes" is a documentary directed by Justin Lee, and produced by the Gay Christian Network (2009). 46 minutes. Average rating 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read reviews or order this video safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Amazon.com review:
    "Every Christian should see through their eyes. The church is at war over homosexuality. Will our youth be the casualties?
    Through My Eyes provides an unflinchingly honest look at the role of today's young Christians in the gay debate: what they really think, how they perceive the church, and what they wish other Christians knew. Over two dozen young Christians agreed to share their private feelings, struggles, and experiences on camera. All of them have a personal stake in the debate. And all of them hoped that their stories might make a difference.

    Created for Christians by [conservative] Christians, Through My Eyes tackles one of the most controversial topics today with compassion and sensitivity, shining new light on the debate for people on both sides. It's unlike anything you've seen before. It's a powerful, eye-opening experience you won't soon forget. Also includes booklet, 4 simple ways to change someone's life, and a special on-disc 'discussion version' for classes and groups."
    Two dozen lesbian and gay Christians in their teen years or early 20's share their stories. Unfortunately, the video only considers one viewpoint: that of LGB young people who were raised in a fundamentalist Christian faith group. Liberal and secular views are not included.

  • DVD cover image "for the BIBLE tells me so" is a documentary produced by First Run Features (2008). 99 minutes. Average rating 4.3 out of 5 stars in spite of some low ratings by religious conservatives. Read reviews or order this video safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Amazon.com review:
    "For the Bible Tells Me So is a compassionate and insightful documentary about the contemporary face of an old conflict between Christian fundamentalists and gay and lesbian people. The film looks deep into the hearts of several families--a few of them quite famous--that have struggled with making sense of having a homosexual son or daughter in the fold. At the same time, For the Bible Tells Me So is a deconstruction of thin arguments that the Bible actually condemns homosexuality in a few passages and through the story of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction. A number of clerics and scholars explain the cultural and historical context for Old Testament quotes routinely referenced as arguments against homosexuality, and point out translation confusion about the real meaning of the Sodom story. Unquestionably, the most compelling part of the film is its focus on various families, including that of former U.S. presidential candidate Dick Gephardt, who has a lesbian daughter for whose safety he worries. Also among the interviewees is Gene Robinson, a gay man who became bishop of New Hampshire’s Episcopal church in 2004, and his parents, as well as a gay teen whose folks joined him on the front line in protest of their church’s negative stance on gays. Not every story is affirmative: there are tragedies within these tales, too, as well as an indictment of so-called cures that supposedly banish the gay drive from homosexual men and women."
    Webmaster's note: I strongly recommend this video. Features Gene Robinson and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I just wish that more time had been spent analysing all of the six or seven clobber passages from the Bible that have been used to condemn same-gender sex.
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  • DVD cover image "Prayers for Bobby," directed by Russell Mulcahy and produced by A&E Home Video (2010). 86 minutes. Average rating 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read reviews or order this video safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Amazon.com review:

    "In this affecting cable movie about the consequences of intolerance, Sigourney Weaver plays Mary Griffith, a California woman who paid dearly for her beliefs. In the late 1970s, she and her close-knit Christian family, including husband Bob (Henry Czerny), live in comfortable Walnut Creek. Her son Bobby (Ryan Kelley), a high-school student, has a secret he hides well until it becomes too hard to bear, so he tells his older brother. Out of concern for his welfare, Ed (Austin Nichols) tells Mary, who considers homosexuality "an abomination." She believes Bobby can change if he sets his mind to it, so she fixes him up on dates and sends him to a therapist. Wanting to please his mother, he goes along with her plans. When they fail, he drops out of school to live with a sympathetic cousin in Portland, where he works and dates another young man, but years of guilt and shame drive him to seek a permanent solution to his problem. At this point, the story shifts to Mary, who meets Reverend Whitsell (Frasier's Dan Butler). With his help, she learns to reconcile her religious faith with her son's orientation. There are a few missteps in this Lifetime production, as when Bobby contemplates suicide while watching Spartacus, but Queer as Folk director Russell Mulcahy adapts Leroy Aarons's 1996 book with sensitivity, and Weaver makes a potentially off-putting character sympathetic--good luck keeping those tears at bay. Extra features include interviews with the producers, the cast, and the subject.

  • DVD cover image "The Matthew Shepard Story" was directed by Roger Spottiswoode and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (2010). 94 minutes. Average rating 4.6 out of 5 stars. Read reviews or order this video safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Amazon.com review:

    "Killed in a senseless act of hatred, openly gay college student Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. In this critically-acclaimed, moving film, the final days of Matthew's killers' trial -- and the weeks leading to Matthew's death -- are recounted with unnerving detail. Stockard Channing delivers an unforgettable, Emmy® Award winning performance as Matthew's grieving mother, Judy, in a story of a murder that moved a nation to action. Also starring Law & Order's Sam Waterston.

  • DVD cover image "Out in the Silence" was directed by Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, and produced by Garden Thieves Pictures (2009). 56 minutes. Average rating 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read reviews or order this video safely from Amazon.com online book store

    Sundance.org review:

    "Out In the Silence captures the remarkable chain of events that unfold when the announcement of filmmaker Joe Wilson's wedding to another man ignites a firestorm of controversy in the small Pennsylvania hometown he left long ago. Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson takes an exhilarating journey through love, hate, and understanding in rural America. The approach to the film is aimed at breaking the mold of the traditional documentary. It is not solely observational. It is not a memoir, and it is not a news piece. As filmmaker, as protagonist, as insider and outsider, Wilson uses the camera to empower, to challenge, to confront, and to look beneath the veneer of the fragile balance of order in his conservative hometown. It is a provocative, entertaining, and deeply personal social issue documentary that dramatically illustrates the challenges of being different in a small town environment and the transformation that is possible when those who have long been constrained by a traditional code of silence summon the courage to break it."

Educational videos:

bullet "Body of Dissent: Lesbian and Gay Mennonites Continue the Journey." (39 min.) Toronto: Video Productions, 1994. Available from Brethren/Mennonite Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (BMC), Box 6300, Minneapolis, MN 55406. (612) 305-0315.
 
bullet "Straight From the Heart: Stories of parents' journeys to a new understanding of their lesbian and gay children." (24 min.) Available from Motivational Media, c/o PFLAG Pittsburgh, P.O. Box 54, Verona, PA 15147. (412) 363-8839.

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Copyright © 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2011-AUG-06
Updated 2011-SEP-29

Author: B.A. Robinson
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