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Fish Out of Water

4.6 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews

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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.

Special Features

Bonus interviews
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Director's comments
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Product Details

  • 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 (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00346UX3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fish Out of Water" on IMDb

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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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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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An education in Christian doctrine on the issue of accepting LGBTQ+ people that is absolute required viewing for LGBTQ+ people from religious backgrounds. It is refreshing to see active pastors and ministers in various Christian churches explain the real meaning of a handful of texts that many Christians use to criticize and reject LGBTQ+ people. They reveal that Christianity doesn't actually reject LGBTQ+ people and they pave the way for accepting members of the LGBTQ+ community into church communities. The heart of the film relies on the idea that the ways many Christians interpret the Bible are incorrect and too many average church-goers rely on what their pastor tells them the scriptures mean or what other parishioners tell them it means in Bible study that is based on teaching Bibles that have been approved for use by their church. Unfortunately, many pastors (and many editors, translators, and compilers of teaching Bibles and modern versions of the Bible) have limited education in theology or history because they attended denominational-specific seminaries that specialize in their chosen sect's doctrine instead of a true divinity school that teaches comparative theology, the history of The Bible as a book (including who wrote the books, when they were written, who chose which books to include), the historical context in which The Bible was written, and the problems with the modern translations that simply do not deliver the messages contained in the ancient Aramaic, Hebrew, Greek, or Latin writings on which The Bible is based.Read more ›
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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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