USA, 2009, 60 min
Genre/Subjects: Religion, Homophobia, Discrimination
Language: in English with Russian subtitles
DIRECTOR: Ky Dickens
You might think you know where the Bible stands on the subject of homosexuality, but when was the last time you actually checked?
In the spirited documentary Fish out of Water, filmmaker Ky Dickens explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination.
With the help of a cartoon narrator, animated recollections of Bible passages and witty illustrations, Fish out of Water makes this polarizing subject accessible and non?threatening.
The film begins with an animated recollection of the fallout at Vanderbilt University when the film’s director came out to her sorority sisters. Their rabid rejection sparks her search for Biblebased condemnation. Crisscrossing America and listening to the country’s impassioned speech on this divisive issue, she speaks with ministers of all denominations, recording the experiences of the oppressed and the justifications of the oppressors.
Covering over twenty states and capturing the gay community’s devastation immediately after the 2008 vote on Proposition 8, Fish out of Water presents the hyper?relevance of this old issue with concern, humor and creativity.
Golden?Globe nominated composer Kaki King (Into the Wild) delivers an original score that flows effortlessly through the film’s diverse elements.
2009 Best Documentary, Reeling Film Festival, Chicago, USA