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Fall from Grace (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 March 2007 (USA)
The shocking story of Rev. Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church, those who oppose it, and those who chose to leave it all behind.

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Credited cast:
Bill Bunten ...
Himself, Mayor, city of Topeka
Warren Carter ...
Himself, Prof, Saint Paul School of Theology (as Dr. Warren Carter)
Kelly Franz ...
Herself
Jeff Gannon ...
Himself, Pastor
Pedro L. Irigonegaray ...
Himself (as Pedro Irigonegaray)
George E. King Jr. ...
Himself, Pastor
Ed Klump ...
Himself, Police Chief, city of Topeka
Mike 'Gunner' Minor ...
Himself, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Fred Phelps ...
Himself
Jonathan Phelps ...
Himself
Sara Phelps ...
Herself
Timothy Phelps ...
Himself
Rebekah Phelps-Roper ...
Herself
Shirley Phelps-Roper ...
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The first feature-length documentary to explore the hate-filled world of Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. Since the mid-90s, this group has participated in nearly 25,000 anti-homosexual demonstrations around the world. With signs that say things like "God hates fags," "You're going to Hell," "Thank God for 9/11," "God hates your tears," "Thank God for dead soldiers," the small congregation of 75 members has garnered international attention, especially now that they have targeted military funerals as a venue for their picketing. 'Fall From Grace' features interviews with Rev. Phelps, other members of the church, many of its dissenters, and two members that left the church and their family behind. Written by KRJ

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A Powerful Examination of Hate-mongering
10 March 2007 | by (Austin, TX, United States) – See all my reviews

This film has its world premiere as Austin's SXSW Film Festival. It would have been very easy for first-time filmmaker Ryan Jones to make a one-sided polemic about hate-mongering Rev. Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. Phelps despicable "God hates fags" theology and their protests especially at military funerals are clearly beyond the pale.

However Jones opted to try to dig deeper. Much of the film allows Phelps and the member of his extended family (which makes up most of his "church") to speak for themselves. While the film provides plenty of space to Phelp's critics, it also allows Phelps and his family to hang themselves with their close-minded bigoted rhetoric. The interviews with two of Phelps' children who have left his church are particularly revealing. Most of all, the film shows that what they preach is anything, but the true spirit of Christian charity and generosity. The film shows that this is an ideology of hate disguised as Christianity. The film also explores some themes such as the extent of free speech which have long been associated with the famous Neo-Nazi march in Skokie.

This film deserves to be seen by a wider audience so that people can see the true face of intolerance and the dangerous power of a charismatic leader to cause great pain and suffering. I suspect Jesus would cry at what Phelps is doing in his name. Jones should be commended for this powerful piece of film-making.


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