Three American teenagers from conservative Tulsa are struggling with isolation and instability in this heartfelt coming-of-age-doc that portrays family bond, poverty, survival, love and the...
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Alex van Dyk
Three American teenagers from conservative Tulsa are struggling with isolation and instability in this heartfelt coming-of-age-doc that portrays family bond, poverty, survival, love and the consequences of coming out as a young LGBT in the heart of the Bible Belt.Written by
This is a Danish made documentary on growing up LGBT in the 'Bible Bashing belt' of the US. We follow three teens from Tulsa which is actually known as the buckle of the Bible belt and has over 2,000 churches for a population of just under 400,000. Religion is taken very seriously indeed and is used to allow open condemnation of LGBT people.
The documentary follows three young kids, two boys and a girl and over the course of 73 minutes they get to tell their story. This is either done by talking to the camera or by showing us what they do in every day life. There are also some interviews with family members and some of their friends, some of which are the most moving scenes in the film.
It is not a groundbreaking documentary, it does not use any new techniques to make it stand out and this is an area that –some might say – has been done to death. However, it is still a powerful film with a simple message and it is done in a very caring and inclusive way. If you are interested in the issues that face young people who are not heterosexual then this would be a film you would benefit from seeing – recommended.
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