Reconciling Journey Ministries

GLBT Related Movies
This page was last updated: December 2, 2014
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Boys Don't Cry
When Teena Brandon moves to a small Nebraska town in search of a new life, she takes the name Brandon Teena,
passes herself off as a boy, begins dating a beautiful girl and makes friends among the town's redneck men ... until the
truth is revealed. Swank's Oscar-winning portrayal of this real-life character illuminates one woman's voyage of self-
discovery -- and the tragic events that cut it short.

Paragraph 175  -  Actor Rupert Everett narrates this disquieting documentary that exposes the Third Reich's vicious
persecution of male homosexuals during World War II. The film's title comes from an arcane, 1871 German statute
making sodomy punishable by incarceration, with the ultimate goal of eradicating gays completely. Only a handful of
survivors remain to recount their traumatic tales.

After Stonewall  -  Narrated by celebrated musical artist Melissa Etheridge, AFTER STONEWALL captures the struggles,
      defeats and triumphs of a proud, though still stigmatized, community. The film records the personal accounts of gays  
      and lesbians who have transformed not only their own lives, but also American society and the world community.
      According to program producer John Scagliotti, "These are the stories that prompted the public to question its own 
      fundamental values with regard to family, work, religion and relationships.... Through this film, viewers will be educated
      about the profound influence gays and lesbians have had on the shaping of the 20th century."

Fish Can't Fly - In  this candid documentary, filmmaker Tom Murray -- inspired by personal experience -- delves into the               controversial techniques used to convert gay men and women to heterosexuality. The film looks at eight small-town gay           Christians who've struggled with their sexual identity and attempted to "go straight" through religion. Mental health                    experts and spiritual leaders weigh in with insightful observations.

THIS obedience - A story of a women, a congregation, and an issue that has divided the nation.  This movie follows the
Reverend Anita C. Hill and her congregation at St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church from their decision to commit
"ecclesiaticial disobedience" by ordaining Anita, through the decisions made at the ELCA church-wide essembly. 
From the personal stories of those involved to high-stakes political maneuvering of a denomination, this movie provides
insight into an historic series of events that rocketed the third largest Christian denomination in the United States.

Anyone and Everyone - Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their
experiences in this documentary.  It depicts families from all walks of life. Individuals from such diverse backgrounds as
Japanese, Bolivian, and Cherokee, as well as from various religious denominations such as Mormon, Jewish, Roman
Catholic, Hindu, and Southern Baptist, share intimate accounts of how their children revealed their sexual orientation
and discuss their responses.  The parents also talk about struggling with the pain of their sons and daughters dealing
with not being accepted by relatives or friends, and being ostracized by religious congregations.

Trembling Before G-d - "Trembling Before G-d" is an unprecedented feature documentary that shatters assumptions
about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and
Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma - how to
reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid
homosexuality. As the film unfolds, we meet a range of complex individuals - some hidden, some out - from the world's
first openly gay   Orthodox rabbi to closeted, married Hasidic gays and lesbians to those abandoned by religious
families to Orthodox lesbian high-school sweethearts.

For the Bible Tells Me So - Can the love between two people ever be an abomination? Is the chasm separating gays
and lesbians and Christianity too wide to cross? Is the Bible an excuse to hate?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.

Before Stonewall -  Life was very different before the 1969 Stonewall riots put the issue of gay rights front and center in
America. Using archival films and interviews with gays and lesbians who were forced to hide their sexuality for fear of
reprisals, this documentary by Robert Rosenberg, Greta Schiller and John Scagliotti sheds light on American gay life
from the 1920s to the 1960s and the sociopolitical climate that finally led to profound change.

Camp Out  - This feature documentary film follows ten Midwestern teenagers as they attend the first overnight Bible Camp  
for gay Christian youths. For these six boys and four girls, it’s just as hard to come out as Christian as it is to come out  
as gay. They’re caught in the battle between religion, politics and sexuality that’s raging in the United States today.         
These kids are outsiders – their straight classmates ostracize them and their churches reject them. But like all teens,     
they yearn to feel at home, somewhere. Struggling to find a way to be true to both their spirituality and their sexual           
identity, these teens come to camp hoping to finally find a place of acceptance.

All Aboard: Rosie's Family Cruise - One cruise. Five hundred families. Thousands of memories. This feature-length
documentary brings viewers onboard the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship for a joyous voyage, in which celebrity superstar
Rosie O'Donnell and her family joined hundreds of other gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight families on a weeklong trip
from New York City to the Bahamas and back. With a bold stroke only Rosie could make, a joyous new community was
born in this judgment-free setting, as passengers celebrated their freedom and made a positive, progressive statement
about what "family" means today.

Family Fundamentals -  In his feature documentary, Family Fundamentals, filmmaker Arthur Dong20(Licensed to Kill,
Coming Out Under Fire) continues his quest to understand American contempt for homosexuality and its effects on
family, culture and the nation's political landscape. Armed with a digital camera, Dong takes viewers into the private,
and sometimes very public lives, of three conservative Christian families with gay and lesbian children.

Big Eden  -  Successful but lonely New2York artist Henry Hart (Arye Gross) returns to Big Eden to care for his ailing
grandfather and winds up confronting his unrequited passion for his high school best friend and his feelings about being
gay in a small town. As Henry works though his emotions, the townspeople quietly conspire to help him along, until
Henry realizes new possibilities for both friendship and romance. Eric Schweig and Louise Fletcher also star.

Serving in Silence  -  Facing discharge proceedings as a result of admitting her homosexuality, Army Col. Margarethe
Cammermeyer (Glenn Close) risks everything to fight for her legal rights against the U.S. military's discriminatory
policy. Based on a true story, this inspiring made-for-TV drama is a testament to those who suffered the same bigotry.

Tying the Knot  -  When a bank robber's bullet ends the life of police officer Lois Marrero, her wife of thirteen years,
Mickie, is honored as her surviving spouse but denied all pension benefits. When Sam, an Oklahoma rancher, loses his
beloved husband of 22 years, long-estranged cousins of his late spouse try to lay claim to everything Sam has. As
Mickie and Sam's lives are put on trial, they are forced to confront the tragic reality that in the eyes of the law their
marriages mean no thing. From an historical trip to the Middle Ages, to gay hippies storming the Manhattan marriage
bureau in 1971, Tying the Knot digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of civil marriage in
America today.

Twilight of the Golds  -  When Suzanne Stein has a genetic analysis done on her unborn child, she discovers that although
she has a healthy baby, the child will most likely be born gay, like her brother, David. She must decide whether to keep
the child, or to have an abortion. Her family enters a crisis about love and acceptance as she makes this difficult

Call to Witness  -  Offering insight into the current struggles over sexuality within organized religion, Pam Wa lton's
groundbreaking documentary tells the stories of three openly gay and lesbian Midwestern Lutheran pastors who have
taken a stand against their own church. The film clearly and skillfully outlines the contradictions within a church that
supposedly welcomes lesbians and gay men -- but at the same time condemns them.

Dangerous Living:  Coming Out in a Developing World  -  Janeane Garofalo hosts this hour-long documentary
(directed by John Scagliotti) focusing on gay communities in Africa, India, Vietnam and Honduras that don't have the
high profile of similar communities in western c ountries. Via interviews and personal accounts of mistreatment,
persecution and abuse, Scagliotti shines a light on the unique challenges that many gays and lesbians face when
deciding whether or not to come out of the closet.

Doing Time on Maple Drive  -  Directed by "thirtysomething" star Ken Olin, this Fox made-for-TV drama stars a young Jim
Carrey as the alcoholic brother20to groom-to-be and perfect son Matt (William McNamara). Matt brings home fiancée
Allison (Lori Loughlin of TV's "Full House") to meet his supposedly apple-pie family. What starts out as a celebration
quickly turns into massive dysfunction, which threatens Matt's family, his nuptials and his sanity.

Family Values:  An American Tragedy  -  This riveting documentary traces the experiences of filmmaker Pam Walton as
she struggles to reunite with her "family values" father after a long-standing rift. Rus Walton -- a radical religious
fundamentalist -- disowned his daughter because of her lesbian lifestyle. Although he once20suggested that practicing
homosexuals should be executed, Pam is willing to pay the emotional price to fulfill her longing for parental acceptance.

In and Out  -  A small town high school teacher has everything going for him; a nice job, an attractive fiancé and respect
from everyone. Everything changes in one night when a former high school student, a now famous actor living in
Hollywood, "outs" him while receiving an Academy Award . The media circus immediately begins as he desperately
tries keep his life from falling apart by protesting that he is not gay.  While most of the townspeople want to believe him,
an openly gay TV reporter arrives in town to cover the story, suspects that the teacher is in denial.

The Celluloid Closet   -  Narrated by Lily Tomlin, this acclaimed documentary takes its name from Vito Russo's
groundbreaking book. The filmmakers examine the subtext of more than 100 Hollywood movies -- including Spartacus,
Rope and Thelma and Louise -- and chart the cinematic journey of lesbian and gay characters. Film clips are paired
with director, producer and actor interviews featuring, among others, Gore Vidal, Tom Hanks and Whoopi Goldberg.

A Jihad for Love  -  Documenting the quandary of gay Muslims via the perspective of subjects from countries such as
India, Iran and Turkey, director Parvez Sharma chronicles their struggles to square their sexual orientation with their
faith, which forbids homosexuality. Relating their compelling tales to the camera, the subjects (most expatriates) cling to
their Islamic ideals in the face of a sharia interpretation that imposes the death penalty for homosexual acts.

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