By Lu Schilling
Movies That Matter September 21 at 7 PM will explore the impassioned relationship between homosexuality and the Bible. In this spirited documentary, Fish Out of Water, filmmaker Ky Dickens explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination and makes this polarizing subject accessible and non-threatening. She felt compelled to put together the film after facing homophobia from the sisters in her Vanderbilt sorority.
Fish Out of Water follows Ky’s personal journey as she narrates footage from the first legal gay marriage in Boston, shots from Proposition 8 rallies, the Obama election, and animated sequences illustrating Bible verses. There is also a lot of actual commentary from the people she’s talking about: Gays and lesbians and the ministers, preachers and historians who all want to see the truth about religion and gays reaching the others in the film, those who openly discuss their discontent for the LGBT community.
“It didn’t take much convincing. It’s a project they’ve been working on so hard, for so long … I’ve had people call me a sinner, and I’m like, ‘I’m not a sinner, I’m a great person.’ I’m a big fan of Jesus, even though I’m not a Christian, but in his role as a philosopher. His message and the message of Christianity can get so twisted, and for such weird reasons.”
This film precedes the September 26th UU service titled New Laws: Big Ones and Little Ones with Dr. Bill McConkey. He will discuss the war on gays and lesbians.