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Directed by Daniel Karslake
91 min | 2019 | USA
In June of 2015, the Supreme Court legalized Same-sex marriage nationwide, and while a national victory had truly been won, the 2016 election seemed to reveal an emerging whiplash effect reverberating across the country. With anti-LGBTQ+ legislation seemingly fomenting at an astonishing rate, from legislating restroom laws, to banning openly trans people in the military, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the majority of battles are being fought on an individual basis, from home to home, pew to pew, and heart to heart.
In light of the current national dynamics, and in a state where faith is so much a part of so many people’s lived experiences and values, where teen suicide is increasing at twice the national average, where far too many have felt the damage of the collision between their faith and a queer identity, this film is especially timely and impactful.
For They Know Not What They Do is an inspiring and infuriating documentary from director Daniel Karslake (For the Bible Tells Me So) which tells the stories of four individuals and their families as they wrestle with the dynamics of their faith while confronting the complexities of coming out in this religious context. They are stories of trial, of pain, of fear and loss, but most of all, they are stories of love.
– Laron Wilson”
Official Selection: 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, 2019 Frameline