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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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  • Actors: Rev. Marilyn Meeker-Williams, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Rev. Dr. John Fellers
  • Directors: Ky Dickens
  • Producers: Fawzia Mirza, Kristen Kaza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00346UX3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,159 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fish Out of Water" on IMDb

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Austrom on March 3, 2010
Format: DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Deckard on October 29, 2010
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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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Billy C. Tune on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Love You on September 7, 2013
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This has been a mind altering and life changing video. I wish it could be broadcast to every Christian. It was very well put together, easily understood, and perfectly paired logic with scriptural study. I have a deep appreciation for the religious leaders featured who spoke so eloquently about their alignment with same sex relationships and marriages. Thank you so much for this video. I will be recommending it to my family and friends.
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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 find very upsetting,) that *no one really knows the translation to*, so they just throw in homosexuality - male, BTW. It's one of the last ones in the new testament, but it's a compound word that could mean so many things, including pedophilia (which I would personally condemn due to the psychological damage to the child.) There's just insufficient information available to tell what he was really referring to, as in many other places in the Bible.

Nowadays, literalists, dogmatic readings, fundamentalist word-for-word-from-God just has no place, because one must also take into account the context in which it was written. Read the whole chapter, not the verse taken out of context, and you'll often see is also says something else than this 'selective reading' that is used by the majority of churches today. In the Pentatuech (the first 5 books of the Bible,) read just a few chapters before there's the condemnation of _male_ homosexuality (they were trying to raise their population at the time,) and you will see verses as well that condemn wearing clothing of two different types of fiber, a ban of shellfish and shrimp (which were to be considered abhorant, so Joshua never got a lobster or crab dinner,) and references to men having harems and multiple wives, concubines, selling one's daughter, and other things that just have no place in our society today.

For those who would condemn those who are sisters or brothers, as I've been told the lingo is preferred, I quote Jesus when he said, "Let him who is without blame throw the first stone," and "Make sure you've that translated right, and in context."
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