Kidnapped for Christ
USA, 2014, 85 minutes, SD
Conform. Or be conformed.
Kidnapped for Christ Synopsis

Every year, thousands of American teenagers are kidnapped from their homes and shipped to Christian reform schools abroad on their parents’ orders. Many of these teenagers are gay or deemed ‘troubled’ and their parents hope these schools, which operate outside of U.S. law, will transform them into ‘healthy Christian adults’.


When young missionary, Kate Logan, learns of one of these schools, Escuela Caribe in the Dominican Republic, she sees the perfect opportunity to make a difference. Knowing nothing of their methods, and hoping to document the positive effects a place like this could have on struggling youth, she is allowed to live on campus for a summer. Once there, Kate discovers the shocking secrets of the behaviour modification program that is being forced upon students. She makes it her mission to free a young man who will change her life.

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Reviewed by jeteli
I was kinda amazed with the quite unconventional way with which young people from America are uprooted and brought to a totally new environment just so they can be reformed.... more
I was kinda amazed with the quite unconventional way with which young people from America are uprooted and brought to a totally new environment just so they can be reformed.  This documentary by Kate Logan which premiered at the Slam Dance Film Festival in Utah in January 2014 attracted attention for the disturbing facts it presented and divulged.  Realized through crowdfunding campaigns via Kickstarter and Indiegogo, this movie focuses on at least three of the students at the Escuela Caribe school in the Dominican Republic who were all there because of behavior  problems and for David, because he told the parents he was gay.  The facts have earned unsettling reactions from entities and individuals because there are methods that were quite questionable. This movie won Best Documentary Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival.  Worth checking out! 
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
This documentary was originally meant to be informational when director Kate Logan collected footage while at Escuela Caribe but turns out, there's more than meets the eye. This so-called behavior... more
This documentary was originally meant to be informational when director Kate Logan collected footage while at Escuela Caribe but turns out, there's more than meets the eye. This so-called behavior modification school situated in the Dominican Republic has been a sort of reform school for American youth who are deemed wayward or gay.  These teens are removed / abducted with consent from their very own parents.  What's supposed to be  intensive behavior therapy practices seem to reveal a lot more, including emotional abuses.  There are various interviews in this film, from the students  to people running the school and from the director herself.  There are facts that are eye-opening and some would even find it shocking. Don't fail to check this out!
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Reviewed by MH90
In Kate Logan’s directorial debut, we follow her to the Dominican Republic where as a missionary she hopes to document the day-to-day happenings at a Christian reform school. A self-confessed... more
In Kate Logan’s directorial debut, we follow her to the Dominican Republic where as a missionary she hopes to document the day-to-day happenings at a Christian reform school. A self-confessed Christian, we at first see Kate Logan travel to the Escuela Caribe in order to detail the positive effects it has on the children sent to it, yet through this, we are witness to a far sinister scheme, where teenagers are seemingly kept against there will and subjected to gruelling chores in the name of God. As Logan’s very own faith begins to be tested due to the revelations she discovers, issues of religion are evidently at the forefront of the documentary, yet it also raises far wider questions about American society in general. Sent to what is essentially a behavioural modification centre, a majority of the teens have been sent because of their sexual orientation, highlighting how America still suffers from its archaic feelings towards those of a sexual disposition other than straight. Furthermore, Kidnapped for Christ also throws its weight behind the continuous debate on the contemporary uses of religion, and in Kidnapped, it doesn’t reflect well. Understandably, Logan’s documentary suffers from some elements of censorship, thus a definitive account of what takes place at every level of the centre is never truly revealed, but because of this, it only strengthens how perverse the Escuela Caribe school appears to be. It is often said that there are six types of documentary; poetic, expository, observational, participatory, reflexive and performative, in which documentaries usually follow one of these throughout its entirety, yet Kidnapped differs. As Logan begins to realise the severity of the situation, we see the documentary shift between a number of the styles listed above, aiding Kidnapped for Christ with an intensity. As director, we see Kate Logan’s role within the documentary change drastically as what begins as an observational style of documentary suddenly switches to participatory as Logan see’s no choice but to help those who she has come to encounter. Kidnapped for Christ makes for decidedly uncomfortable viewing, yet without this documentary it could be argued that centres such as the Escuela Caribe may have never been brought into the public domain; a frightening prospect.
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  • I was quite shocked upon watching this documentary.  An unconventional way to reform the youth.  

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