'Bible' held over, discussions planned


Published: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 6:57 p.m.

The Hippodrome Cinema will hold over the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So" for two showings Saturday in order to feature a discussion geared around audience response to the film.

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Film discussion

What: Documentary "For The Bible Tells Me So" held over for two screenings at Hippodrome Cinema, followed by a discussion featuring Pastor Joe McMurray and Nora Spencer, director of UF Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Affairs.

When: Film begins at noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, discussion follows at 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Where: Hippodrome Cinema, 25 SE 2nd Place

"We wanted to make the most of the two extra screenings, and we thought it would be nice to give the people an opportunity to talk about the documentary," said cinema coordinator Lynne Loewenthal. "We could sense that people wanted to talk about it by the discussion in the lobby."

The Hippodrome has invited Pastor Joe McMurray of Trinity Metropolitan Community Church and Nora Spencer, director of the University of Florida's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Affairs as well as assistant director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs.

Daniel Karslake's documentary, which was named Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2007, follows young gays and lesbians who come to terms with their sexuality and the struggles that follow as they come out to family and friends.

The panelists will discuss the struggle that adult children who are gay and Christian face.

"It's the whole conundrum that Christianity is supposed to be a religion of love and acceptance, but within that dogma-strict wall they comes up against people who don't subscribe to other people's interpretation of it," Loewenthal said.

In the film, a mother severs contact with her lesbian daughter, who later commits suicide.

"If someone is so disturbed by something to cut off their own child, then this is something society needs to be talking about," Loewenthal said. "The Christian families facing issues of homosexuality are caught unaware.

The documentary explores the issues of tolerance, acceptance and parental love.

Pastor McMurray, who included the film's fliers as a companion to last Sunday's church program, recommends the film for the questions it poses.

"I think the film has a lot to say and I think that people should see it," McMurray said. "It draws some contrasts between what people can see of the Bible in their everyday life and what the reality of everyday life is. I think it's important for the Bible to be seen for the good that it contains, but it also should be seen for the harm that has been caused when it is misused and the the very serious harm when it's been misused."

Spencer said the discussions will give audience members a chance to discuss their own experiences.

"I think there are going to be a lot of people who identify with (being lesbian/gay/bisexual) who have wrestled with their sexuality and spirituality, and are looking for some sort of common, shared experience they may recognize in the film."

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