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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 (32 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: Multiple Formats, 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 (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00346UX3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fish Out of Water" on IMDb

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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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17 of 18 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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15 of 16 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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10 of 12 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome September 7, 2013
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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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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Wonderful documentary that is well thought out and objectively presented. A great inspiration on how to study the Scriptures! Lively discussions were inspired in groups who viewed this regarding how to understand the Bible in light of the context, culture and traditions from which it originates! Thank you for shedding light on the Biblical texts that have been so grossly misinterpreted and used to inspire hate and violence toward other human beings simply for loving someone of the same gender!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend to everyone
The perfect " Coming Out " video to show your Family and Friends. I recommend this enlightening Documentry to everyone.
Published 1 month ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
So-so. Simplistic.
Published 1 month ago by Vicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Documentary, It Will Change Your View.
What a great 60 minute documentary that presents the topic is a direct, no confrontational address of the Bible and homosexuality. You come away with a new realization. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David McQuarrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good
Published 2 months ago by Michael d. Seelye
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't see how one couldwatch it without being touched
Clear and compassionate. I don't see how one could watch it without being touched.
Published 2 months ago by Sondra von Gyllenband
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 Misinterpreted verses of the Bible. Get the real interpretation.
It is a wonderful documentary. It deals with the lies, misconceptions, or wrong interpretation of 7 parts of the Bible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Awesome Awesome!
It is difficult to argue with facts. She's done an excellent job of digging up facts and have them qualified. Highly recommended!
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Laurie
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
Wonderful. I feel I have a better understanding and defense after watching this interesting and very informative documentary video. Thanks.
Published 4 months ago by Brian J Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary!! A must see...
Such an amazing, perfectly executed documentary! A real eye opener on what the Bible truly says about homosexuality and how misinterpreted it has been since the original Greek... Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Expertly written and produced.
This is an excellent documentary. Very informative and enlightening. Everyone can get something out of this, especially those who are struggling with questions about their faith... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nikki Roberts
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