Lance Bass wants to help spread the word about religious brainwashing. The N’Sync singer has signed on as executive producer for the upcoming documentary Kidnapped for Christ.
Director Kate Logan will helm the project, which focuses on the behavior modification techniques used on kids at a Christian reform school. The singer joins Real World: D.C. cast member Mike C. Manning as executive producer on the upcoming documentary.
“It is important for these hidden stories to be told. The world needs to see how damaging places like this can be to our youth,” Lance Bass said in a statement.
Kidnapped for Christ pulls back the curtain on the American-run Escuela Caribe, a so-called “therapeutic Christian boarding school” that operates in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to her previous work as an Evangelical missionary, the filmmaker was given access to the program’s controversial methods.
“Parents think they’re doing the right thing by sending their children to these places. We want to show them that these schools are not what they seem,” Manning explained.
Since the school is known for addressing everything from behavioral issues to homosexuality, it’s not surprising that Lance Bass has a vested interest in the project. The singer, who grew up Southern Baptist, came out in 2006 with the help of People magazine.
“The thing is, I’m not ashamed — that’s the one thing I want to say. I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy,” Bass explained to the publication.
This isn’t the first documentary to tackle religious brainwashing. Directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing’s 2006 movie Jesus Camp went behind-the-scenes at a summer camp that claims to help children “take back America for Christ.” The ensuing controversy ultimately let the camp’s closure.
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