Director Kristine Stolakis interviewed prominent members of the ex-gay and ex-trans movements for her depressing but important documentary Pray Away. Watch the trailer:
Via Rolling Stone:
The film centers on Exodus International, an Evangelical gay conversion program that began as a Bible study group between five gay men who wished to help each other leave the “homosexual lifestyle.” Shortly after its inception in the Seventies, the group received 25,000 letters from LGBTQ people asking for help, leading Exodus International to rapidly grow into the largest gay conversion therapy program in the world.
Years later, former leaders and outreach members of Exodus International have spoken out, disavowing the movement and proudly accepting their LGBTQ identities. Through their interviews, the film outlines horrific abuses within the program that, in some cases, led to suicides, and highlights the difficult journeys of those who managed to survive the controversial therapy.
Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum produced the film which did the festival circuit before being snapped up by Netflix for a release on August 3.
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