Kidnapped For Christ

Sponsored by Auckland Rainbow Community Church

Auckland Rainbow Community Church


Dir: Kate Logan, USA, 2013, 92 mins

A challenging documentary that tells the shocking stories of American teenagers sent to Escuela Caribe, a Christian behaviour modification programme in the Dominican Republic. 17-yr-old David Wernsman was literally dragged from his bedroom to the airport by strangers without warning – because his parents found out he was gay. Once in this so-called ‘school’, myriad punishments and cruelties are inflicted on the kids in an effort to produce obedient Christian conformists. Made by a young evangelical filmmaker granted unprecedented access to film in this controversial place, she discovers shocking secrets that changed her life.