Cinema Politica: Sault Sainte Marie
Friday August 15, 2008
Screening begins 19h00
Venue: Algoma University (1520 Queen Street East) in the Great West Life Amphitheatre (Room NW 200)
United States / 2007 / 95 Minutes
Is the chasm separating gays and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kill anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp (as a literal reading of scripture dictates).
Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families -- including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson -- we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard's Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg and Reverend Jimmy Creech, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
Special Guest Facilitator: Gail Simmons
Gail Simmons was employed as a dairy farmer and a forester before attending seminary in 2002. She is an ordained minister in the Metropolitan Community Churches (www.mcchurch.org).
She and her girlfriend moved back to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in 2005, where Gail works as a church planter (www.weathervaneministries.org). She is also the interim pastor of Angels of Hope MCC in Green Bay and Appleton, WI (www.aohmcc.org). Gail lives in Kingsford, MI with her girlfriend Myra, their three dogs, and cat.
Bishop Gene Robinson
Imogene & Victor Robinson
Brenda, David and Tonia Poteat
Jake and Britta Reitan
Chrissy, Jane and [censored] Gephardt
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Reverend Peter Gomes
Rabbi Steven Greenberg
Reverend Jimmy Creech
Produced and Directed by
Co-Produced and Edited by
Music Scott Anderson