DIRTY, SINFUL ME (BE - SKITNE, SYNDIGE MEG)
Our objective in producing this film is to disclose Christian oppression of homosexuals and to show the consequences this has for individuals and their lives.
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Jesus, my Lord
and my Savior, what is your will for my life? I have praised you, I have
prayed and I have shared testimonies. Even so I have to ask you: what
is your will for my life? How can I serve you, I who have lost you in
sin every day of the week by lusting after my brothers, my very best friends
with the desire that has been created to exist between a man and a woman?
God, what do you want, is it to make me feel dirty?
was both Christian and homosexual, two elements in his life he couldnt
manage to reconcile.
Eriks sister Mai-Britt, his senior of three years, says there
is no doubt in her mind that her younger brother took his own life even
though he has never been found. The last traces of Bjørn Erik were
at Semsvann, a lake, in Asker, where his jacket was discovered. She now
wants to tell his story in order to bring the situation of many Christian
homosexuals out into the open. She hopes that this will help in the prevention
of other tragedies.
is a minister of the Gospel and the leader of Seierskirken (the Victory
Church), an independent congregation in the Pentecostal movement. He believes
that the Church of Norway is much to blame for gays being shoved aside.
The official church forgets that there are persons behind the façade
of homosexuality who need hope and an offer of help. Through his
offer To freedom he assists many individuals who struggle
with their homosexuality. He counsels homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals
to a life within what he considers to be Gods perfect plan. He helps
them to be liberated, i.e. to be heterosexual. He calls this sexual
Nils Jøran Riedl is a trained theologian who entered into partnership with Petter Møller in 1993 (the second legal partnership couple in Norway). He has served as leader of Open Church Group (Åpen Kirkegruppe), an ecumenical fellowship of gays and lesbians with members representing several Christian denominations. Nils Jøran continues to officiate at services of Holy Communion in Open Church Group. He believes that God has called him to the ministry, but also acknowledges that the Church of Norway is not open or mature enough to certify his ordination. He believes that Bjørn Erik could have been helped out of his dilemma if the church had shown more tolerance.
Jan-Aage and Bjørn Erik - through Mai-Britt and his diary - are
the leading persons in the film. The film focuses on how a person can
live as both a homosexual and a Christian. The conflict is between the
solutions presented by Nils Jøran and Jan-Aage.
WE LEARN ABOUT
THE EXPERIENCES OF PEOPLE IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
He has done some
real soul-searching and feels he is once again a whole person. He has
managed to integrate his sexuality and Christian faith in a manner he
never thought possible. He is now studying for the ministry and working
to help the Church of Sweden take a stand against the restoration
of gays. Ulf has painful first-hand experience of the tragic consequences
this may have. His best friend shot himself when he saw that God couldnt
make him heterosexual. Ulf wants to tell Jan-Aage about his personal experiences.
Just a few hours
from Norway, in Denmark, the national church has come much further. There
is no problem for homosexuals, who have entered into partnership, to be
ordained as pastors. This has been the case for several years now, and
has hardly been an issue for debate. The marriage of gays in the church
has, however, met with some resistance. In spite of this, the bishops
have concluded that a special service of blessing may be held for gay
couples. This is Utopia for Nils Joeran. Together we travel to Copenhagen
to meet with Ivan Larsen.
sister Mai-Britt is convinced that openness on the part of the church
would have helped her brother. It appears as though the topic is too difficult
for the Church of Norway to face up to; the church would rather pretend
that there is no problem.
50 min, Digital Betacam 16:9
gwd production 2000
Bjørn Eriks parents, Anne-Lise and Jan Erik Andersen, are very open for response and communication with their audience. They can be reached via e-mail: jeri-and@(remove this)frisurf.no
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