“Kidnapped for Christ” …. a documentary!


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~~UPDATED: July 12, 2014~~ 

Kidnapped for Christ” is a compelling new documentary that follows the experiences of several American teenagers after they were kidnapped from their homes and shipped to Evangelical Reform schools located in the Dominican Republic.

Many of these teenagers’ parents discover their children are either gay or experience same-sex attraction, and are sent to “therapeutic Christian boarding school[s]” in order to “transform into healthy Christian adults” in an environment outside of U.S. law.

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Directed Kate S. Logan with Lance Bass cited as an executive producer, the film is currently engaged in a Kickstarter campaign in order to be fully funded.

The Huffington Post sat down with Logan this week in order to better understand the function of these reform camps, the experiences of kidnapped youth go through while there, and why this film is important.

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‘N Sync‘s Lance Bass Making Doc About Religious Brainwashing

Lance Bass is undoubtedly best known as one of the members of the ‘90s boy band ‘N Sync. But aside from building an acting résumé with voice work in Handy Manny and Hell & Back, he’s been branching out into producing films.

And his latest seems guaranteed to cause quite a stir.

The Wrap reports Bass will serve as an executive producer on the in-the-works documentary Kidnapped for Christ, which will focus on how an Evangelical Church reform school attempts to modify the behavior of troubled kids and gay youth.

The Huffington Post sat down with Logan this week in order to better understand the function of these reform camps, the experiences of kidnapped youth go through while there, and why this film is important.

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The Huffington Post: Why did you feel this documentary was necessary?
Actually, when I originally got the idea to make the film, I had no idea that there was anything controversial about this school. I was under the impression that it was just an alternative therapy program with a cultural exchange element.

It wasn’t until I got permission to film and started investigating that I realized what I had gotten myself into. Once I saw what was really going on at Escuela Caribe, I felt I needed to help expose the truth of what this school was doing in the name of “therapy.”

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Why do you think the majority of the public knows so little about these reform institutions?
I think it’s because the victims of these programs are teens and children and they are often so traumatized by their experiences that they don’t speak about it for years — if at all. Also, a lot of times former students of reform schools get labeled “bad” simply because they were sent to a place for “bad” kids, so no one believes their stories.

Some of the things that go on in these places are, quite frankly, so bizarre and horrible that it’s hard to believe if you aren’t there to see it yourself. With the Internet it’s easier for teens who have been sent to these places to speak out and connect with others who’ve gone through the same thing, but it’s still a relatively small group who are talking about it.

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What do people undergo in these camps?
I mean, how much time have you got? The “treatment” was called “Culture Shock Therapy” by the administrators. So their actual methods involved jarring kids enough that they were more malleable emotionally and mentally.

That was Step One, and it involved strenuous and intense physical labor and exercise, constant repetition of religious and program-written texts, and severe punishments for students who “acted out.” Those punishments could be hours of manual labor, exercising, or actual physical beatings, which they called “swats.”

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That was the program. All of that stuff is in their handbook. Then there was so much physical and emotional abuse that went on besides that, combined with a generally oppressive atmosphere of conformity and helplessness.

These kids were afraid to speak out, afraid to tell their parents about was was going on, and as a result a lot of them just felt helpless and alone, like they were stuck in this horrible place with no one to talk to and no one to help them.

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What can viewers expect from the film?
Viewers can expect to be consistently shocked. Shocked at the fact that these camps exist, shocked that they are making money from the systematic abuse of teens, and shocked that nobody is doing a thing about it.

But it’s also a story about a community rallying around a friend and neighbor to help him out of the camp when he’s at his most helpless and alone.

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What are you hoping to accomplish with the film/what do you want viewers to take away?
We hope viewers will come out of the film outraged and ready to fight for these teens, knowing that it can be done from the story in our film. There’s almost no regulation for these programs — even for ones that are based in the U.S.; teens have died and continue to die in these camps, and the ones that don’t are traumatized.

We want viewers to come out set on making sure none of that happens to any teens ever again, and ready to engage with their senators or representatives to make sure legislation is passed to regulate this industry.

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 ~~SOURCES~~:

http://www.cinemablend.com/new/-N-Sync-Lance-Bass-Making-Doc-About-Religious-Brainwashing-38927.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/kidnapped-for-christ_n_4427968.html?ir=World

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~~Kidnapped for Christ Trailer~~

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~~Uploaded on Jan 16, 2012~~

Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were sent to Escuela Caribe, an American-run Evangelical Christian reform school in The Dominican Republic.

Right now we seeking funding to complete editing the film. As soon as we have more details regarding the release of the film we will post them kidnappedforchrist.com.

You can help us finish the film and advocate for the rights of teenagers who are sent to boarding schools like Escuela Caribe by making a tax-deductible donation to our IndieGoGo Campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/Kidnapped-Fo…

http://www.kidnappedforchrist.com

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~~Kidnapped For Christ Promo~~

~Lance Bass and Mike C. Manning~

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~~Thank You To Our Supporters~~

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~~Uploaded on Feb 17, 2012~~

Big thanks to everyone who has supported the film so far – you guys are making this film possible! For anyone who hasn’t checked it out yet, go to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/k…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

12 thoughts on ““Kidnapped for Christ” …. a documentary!

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  2. I am the child in the trash pit with no shirt on and a watch on. This was the worst point in my life. The abuse the days locked in the QR the humiliation. “The separation support” Mr. Spencer took a top of a gazebo and cut it down to make a dog collar so I wouldn’t chew on my shirts. I was a kid that was just rapped and moved to a different country. I was nervous I remember Mr. Spencer made me wear it in front of all the other counselors and they started laughing and that’s when I peed my pants then I was given swats for peeing my pants. I remember being in the Q.R. For four days straight with little food and having to defacate into a bucket and not given TP because I was on level 0 . Putting seven huge rocks into a backpack and each rock had a sin that I have committed writen in perminate marker. Then run the casita with the back pack on. I have major back issues from this “work in Christ camp”! Now to hear that they opened up a new one breaks my heart. I pray to God all mighty that his justice comes soon to the people that abused me and my classmates in the so called name of God.

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    • Thank you Dan, for sharing your story and leaving your comment here.
      I hope that sharing this helps others …. There’s no excuse for this sort of action, least of all in the name of Christ!!
      Wishing you the best and a full recovery from your experience. Be proud of who and what you are!!

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