After watching For The Bible Tells Me So ,I realized that this film could have a huge impact on viewers. Imagine that this film is shown to a group of teenagers,and that someone in the audience might be gay,and too afraid to tell their parents or a close friend, and is contemplating taking their own life. This documentary may just be enough to make that person re-think their situation and know that there are support groups around,not just hatred and judgment. This film uses home cine film footage, and recent interviews with people that have gay children. The home movie segments are poignant,showing happy families,years before the coming out and the trauma.
Also featured are comments by people as varied as Bishop Tutu, conservative anti-gay activist Anita Bryant, and gay Bishop Gene Robinson,who was sent death-threats. The film admirably does try to at least show the differing points of view. A cartoon segment about half way through the film attempts to briefly tell of the scientific findings of recent research regarding homosexuality,explaining that being gay is not a choice,as people once thought.Given the sometimes grim nature of the topic, I was surprised that there were parts of this film that were entertaining as well as informative.
Each of the five families tell their story in a very personal way,and of their varying degrees of acceptance (or not) of their gay children. There are numerous archival news reel clips,images,television talk shows or radio broadcasts on the topic of homosexuality ,and christianity, intercut with the family stories.
I would highly recommend this DVD to any schoolteacher,guidance counsellor or parent. Education is the answer to the hatred,& this film will do a lot of good in the years ahead,hopefully. Outstanding and well-researched.