For They Know Not What They Do

Jane Marquardt
May 2, 2019 · 2 min read
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Daniel Karslake speaking to the crowd at the Premier of For They Know Not What They Do at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Last week, Tami and I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of our friend Daniel Karslake’s new film, For They Know Not What They Do. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Dan once again demonstrated that he has a unique gift in making films that have the ability to change minds and hearts. Dan’s films reach deep into the U.S. conservative religious community and poignantly point out what happens when traditional beliefs encounter actual lives. (See his prior film, For The Bible Tells Me So.) This new film tells the stories of four families trying to follow their traditional religious teachings while realizing they have a gay or transgender child.

We cried, we laughed, we learned as we watched the premiere with some of the families profiled in the film. Along with the tragedies presented by a family that lost their gay son, and a young gay man who lost some of his friends due to anti-gay violence, the film also presents lessons of hope and redemption. For any family struggling to understand their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, my hope is that you have the opportunity to watch this film. It could literally save your child’s life — and maybe your life too.

This film could not be timelier. Some churches are experiencing a conservative backlash and making it more difficult for lgbtq people to be accepted. The current U.S. administration is severely cutting back the rights of transgender people. It is our hope that this film will receive a wide distribution. Thank you, Daniel Karslake, for once again sharing your insights and your story telling gift with the world.

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