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Bass documentary ‘Kidnapped for Christ’ spotlights abusive boarding schools

Monday, January 20, 2014

Lance Bass is hoping his new documentary, “Kidnapped for Christ,” will put the spotlight on unscrupulous boarding schools that abuse children in the name of rehabilitating them.

kidnapped-for-christ“Kidnapped for Christ” debuted at the Slamdance Film Festival, an alternative film festival running at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival, last week.

The film explores a Christian school in the Dominican Republic where frustrated parents sent their children to shape up. The documentary shows abuse the kids suffer, and controversial behavior-modification methods, including attempting to convert gay children to straight.

“I get a lot of things across my desk that I don’t attach myself to, but I saw the footage and was like ‘Oh, my gosh,’” the former ‘N Sync member said. “My jaw dropped. I can’t believe that this even existed, and I knew I was called to do something.”

Bass, the executive producer of the film, said Sunday that the reaction to the film at Slamdance has been overwhelming.

“People have walked out because they are so mad that they actually had to walk out the theater,” he said.

Bass is pushing for Congress to regulate these schools and raise awareness of the issue. Besides the documentary, which does not yet have a distributor, there is also the website for the film,

“No one knows about it – and that’s really scary to me. I didn’t know about it. I’ve heard of these places, but I really didn’t think too much about it,” Bass said.

“The big thing is the awareness. We want people to know this is happening, and, yes, some of these schools are good and they do good for kids. B ut the majority of them are just abusing them, and all we want is regulation.”

Watch the film’s trailer here:

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24 more reader comments:

  1. Shannon Popp

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:30pm
  2. That’s just the tip of the ice burg. Not trying to take away from the importance of highlighting LGBT issues but these boot camps and other correctional programs for youth who commit misdemeanors are just as bad if not worse.

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:38pm
  3. OMFG!! Stuff like this ENRAGES me!!!! Forget about making a movie!.. They should go in there with machine guns and torches and level that goddamn “school” of torture!!!! >:( grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:38pm
  4. Because murder solves everything

    Replied on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:54pm
  5. Dont forget the director, Kate Logan

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:41pm
  6. When does this come out?

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:43pm
  7. Wow! Cults gone rogue

    Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:58pm
  8. Holy cow! I’m in shock!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:01am
  9. “The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by God as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.

    According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (God’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.

    When you quote Leviticus as God’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what God or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your God and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
    So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.”

    - tumblr user nextyearsgirl

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:07am
  10. Also, what they are saying is "I am Jewish, not Christian".

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:27am
  11. 'Lost in translation'... literally. That is all a christian' perspective of Lev 18:22, and any Jewish person that has studied it can tell you differently. This is only used by bigoted christians and is mis translated.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:45am
  12. Jesus was Jewish first and Only Jewish, But he had a message that that others used to create Christianity, which has been perverted for financial gain and to destroy His Compassion for God his fatehr pure gifts to this world.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:46am
  13. How about this! THERE IS NO PROOF. None, not al all, that Jesus even existed! The old testament is looked as an allegory by even the Rabbi's & Priests. HELLO! You're basing your religious faith on bronze age myths that were simply parroted from previous myths passed down (Egyptian, Hindu, etc.) get over it and leave people alone!

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:05am
  14. Quite honestly, though no "religion" can be "proven", and arguing about it only goes in circles.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:20am
  15. I like how "christians" can zero in on Leviticus 18:22, but totally ignore Leviticus 11:7-12, Leviticus 19:19, and Leviticus 19:26-28, reasoning they're "Old Testament" and therefore don't apply. Really? What do you think Leviticus 18:22 is?

    Replied on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:20am
  16. Kankri Maria Vantas very thoughtful commentary. Thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 12:10am
  17. We need healthy, “liberal” Christian boarding schools that actually /serve/ our kids rather than destroy them.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:02am
  18. …. I can’t believe we’ve never heard of this

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:13am
  19. I donated to the kickstarter! :3

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:33am
  20. Let the truth destroy what it may. Let light burn away ignorance and hate, for foolish men and women attempt to change what needs not changing. Only speak the truth, this is the first step to freedom.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:44am
  21. my friend was close to being sent overseas for this

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:09am
  22. Look what they did in the name of God to native here before you look off our shores. It will shock and sicken you if you have a heart.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:34am
  23. saw this at the Sacramento gay and lesbian film festival and was a great documentary and will blow your mind! A must watch!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 2:40am
  24. Disgusting….Where is the Seal Team 6….!!! Get our citizens out of these terror camps…!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 4:20am