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For the Bible Tells Me So at Doc Soup

Posted by Tim / January 9, 2008

Doc Soup screens another compelling film tonight as part of their ongoing monthly documentary series. For the Bible Tells Me So follows the lives of a number of conservative Christian families in the US who are forced to confront their beliefs about homosexuality when their kid reveals they're gay.

I've watched a preview copy of the film and it's one of the best docs I've seen yet this year. Director Daniel Karslake does a masterful job demonstrating that the Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias that permeates these family's beliefs is based almost solely upon a significant - and often malicious - misinterpretation of the Bible.

The film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival and was recently shortlisted for a 2008 Academy Award. Director Daniel Karslake will be in attendance to introduce the film and to participate in post-screening discussions with the audience.

For the Bible Tells Me So screens tonight, Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 and 9:15 pm at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West

Discussion

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Danielle / January 9, 2008 at 02:05 pm
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How many docs have you seen in the 9 days of this year so far? :D

It's sold out by the way.
Adam / January 9, 2008 at 02:44 pm
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"Son, have you tried *not* being a mutant?"
Sana / January 9, 2008 at 03:55 pm
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the 9:15 showing is free for students with proper id (sponsored by the Toronto Star)
Tim / January 9, 2008 at 04:55 pm
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By this year I guess I meant last year. But technically, it is also one of the best films I've seen in 2008. I just say Jesus Camp the other day - frightening and not nearly as good.
Alex Delarge / January 9, 2008 at 11:57 pm
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LOL @ "Son, have you tried *not* being a mutant?"

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RandomTangent / January 10, 2008 at 11:28 am
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At the screening last night, it was announced that there would be a limited engagement next week at the Royal. I'm too lazy to Google the show times, so if you're interested you can do it yourself.

Excellent film. I read the Eye Weekly 3 star review on the way to the movie, and after seeing the movie, didn't agree with the review's stance. The Eye Weekly reviewer said that although the material was good, the doc itself wasn't exceptional, pointing primarily to the gradual unfolding of shocking information about one family (the mother - daughter) as a form of withholding information for dramatic effect. Well... yes, precisely. Documentaries are edited, and the best ones are edited for dramatic effect, so I saw nothing wrong with that aspect of it.

Anyway... I'm not gay. I still consider myself a Christian even though I don't go to a church anymore. And I thought this movie was great.
Gloria / January 11, 2008 at 12:54 pm
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For anyone interested, I got the following times from the Hot Docs newsletter today, playing at the Royal:

January 11, at 7 pm
January 12, at 9 pm
January 13, at 2 pm and 9 pm

(And just checking now, yep, it seems to be up on showtime sites!) See you there!
Cassandra / January 14, 2008 at 02:57 pm
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I subscribe to Doc Soup and I was really impressed with this film. The overall message of understanding, communication and tolerance will seem basic to those of us liberal minded modern types, but the interviews are still very effective. Also, if you're interested I wrote a review for this film on my blog.

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