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Fish Out of Water (2009)

Rev. Marilyn Meeker-Williams , Bishop John Shelby Spong , Ky Dickens  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rev. Marilyn Meeker-Williams, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Rev. Dr. John Fellers
  • Directors: Ky Dickens
  • Producers: Fawzia Mirza, Kristen Kaza
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00346UX3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fish Out of Water" on IMDb

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Bonus interviews
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Editorial Reviews

Coming out of the closet can be challenging and for Ky Dickens, her experience coming out to friends at Vanderbilt University led to the making of FISH OUT OF WATER, a spirited documentary that explores the seven Bible passages notoriously used to condemn homosexuality and justify marriage discrimination.

This genre-bending, intellectually condensed, power-packed analysis of the homophobic religious arguments is a mixture of animation, LGBTQ community interviews and expert analysis from theologians across the country. 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. Golden-Globe nominated composer Kaki King (Into the Wild) delivers an original score that flows effortlessly through the film's diverse elements.

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 and creativity.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! A critical, brilliant MUST SEE movie! March 3, 2010
I saw this film at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and left feeling that every American needs to see this film. I'd go as far as to say this is one of the most important issue-oriented documentaries of the past decade. The brilliance in this movie is its inclusiveness. It's not only informative and healing for the gay community but it is conciliatory and respectful to the faith community. Because the director chose to make cartoons of the hot-button Bible verses, they are easy to understand and digest. Because the cartoons make the film lighthearted, this very heavy topic is not oft-putting. The filmmakers also chose an extremely credible, well-published and esteemed group of theologians and scholars to help put all the Bible verses in context.

For anyone involved in politics, For anyone involved with the youth, For anyone who knows a gay person, for anyone who knows a religious person, for anyone who has struggled with their stance on homosexuality or on faith - this is a MUST SEE movie. I think every church and temple and school in America should include this movie in their curriculum. This movie and it's director have given our community a gift of hope, and easy education in this film.

Lastly, you will leave this movie with a sense of uplifted spirit, hope and joy. Fish out of Water was crafted with love, concern and compassion!

Enjoy and pass it along to those who need it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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I saw this film in Wichita, Kansas during the Tallgrass Film Festival. Sitting between my boyfriend and my best friend, I was brought to tears and had a horrible time trying to stop sobbing long enough to give applause after the ending and even hug one of the producers who was there in the theater.

I spent all but my senior year of highschool attending private, Christian schools and ultra-conservative churches. I was told for the first 17 years of my life that what I WAS was a choice - a sinful, hellbound choice. I of course knew that those words were lies, but at the most vulnerable time of my life, being constantly bullied by adults, teachers, and preachers had a profoundly harmful impact on my life. Thankfully I had just enough positive things in my life to keep me going, and I'm now a strong, proud man that looks back on my past with confusion. How could so many people who allegedly dedicated their lives to being GOOD, be so terribly hateful? Are they just as confused as I am, albeit in an entirely different way?

This film helped answer a lot of my questions. It also reminded me that pastors are simply employees of their congregations, and that pastors will say anything that their church wants to hear. When you've got bad seeds -- hateful bigots -- in a church, that hatred can spread like wildfire, and before you know it the pastor is preaching "sermons" about the sins of homosexuality simply because their sheep are riled up and need some confirmation to help them sleep at night.

That doesn't mean there aren't good pastors -- watch this film and you'll meet a few excellent ones -- but it does mean that most of what happens in church is not god's word. Far from it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful education tool May 18, 2010
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This movie examines scriptures which are most often used to condemn homosexuality, and points out the difficulties with any "philosophy" of Christianity that choses to exclude people from the body of Christ due to sexual orientation. It is serious, but not heavy-handed, and can be used as an effective education tool to help people better understand the scriptures and how they relate to Jesus' teachings of love and acceptance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fish out of water August 5, 2013
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It was an interesting mix of animation and real people that told of a woman's search to reconcile supposed biblical teachings against homosexuality with a less rejecting view.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it May 10, 2013
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Awesome movie. Very well put together. I also own "for the bible tells me so" which is also a great movie about the same topic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is never wrong. September 2, 2011
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I found this to be a wonderfully organized and heartfelt documentary on an issue that is so prevalent today. Even as a staunch atheist I found myself tearing up in regard to the stories in this film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video! June 29, 2011
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This is a great video for churches, libraries and families to have in their collection. It explains things in very simple terms and is a great way to start a conversation about this topic.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must see and listen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! June 24, 2010
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How can anyone watch this and still do not understand the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wish i can by a copy for everyone who do not believe in equality for there GLBTQ family members.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Never in a million years would I recommend this for anyone plus I will never ever see this again. The bright spot the quality was great I will not argue with the quality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gabby.archibald
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening truth about the Bible
My Pastor had shown this to our congregation and I thought it would be perfect to add this reaching tool to her library.
Published 1 month ago by SirLaurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
I liked this movie b/c it made sense to me. Churches have condemned us with these verses for a long time and now it seems they are losing their power and rightfully so. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lsand
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This has been a mind altering and life changing video. I wish it could be broadcast to every Christian. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Love You
5.0 out of 5 stars This makes you reconsider the view of Christians involved in the gay...
This helped me understand the different interpretations of scripture regarding the main scriptures relating to homosexuality. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Casey Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great!
This video brought up several great points and can be used as a great educational tool for children, adults, and even as a way to teach a message without getting on a soap box. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Javin
5.0 out of 5 stars Translation Errors We Have Been Raised With
I found especially enlightening that there is one word (often the most often used, written by Paul - don't get me started on him because I know things about him that most would... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Zyana
3.0 out of 5 stars Age level
For children only, not adults dealing with this concept. Not sure about what else to say, but I have to say two more words:)
Published 14 months ago by K. Abney
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Job well done on showing that there are clearly different interpretations regarding sexual orientation and the Bible. Funny yet professional and well produced. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Donald M Mueller
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intoduction for those exploring welcoming LGBT
"Fish Out of Water" is an excellent introduction for anyone wanting to know more about the challenges facing our LGBT friends. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Nan Erbaugh
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