What do the words “Lance Bass” and “Kidnapped For Christ” have to do with each other? The former N*SYNC member produced an eye-opening documentary of that name.
The documentary premiered at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival (an offshoot of Sundance). The film focuses on a Escuela Caribe, a boarding school in the Dominican Republic, where teens from the United States are kidnapped (in support by their parents) and taken to the behavior modification school.
The film focuses on three people who were sent to the school for various reasons — being gay, anxiety and behavioral problems due to childhood trauma. The school punished students by making them do hard labor as well as administrating physical and emotionally abuse.
Thankfully, Escuela Caribe is closed but other schools like this exist out there. Check out the clip below in which Lance, along with producers Mike Manning (You might remember him from “Real World: DC.”) and Tom DeSanto, talk about the film.
Parents sometimes send their children to these modification schools due to their child’s sexuality. It’s easy to get trapped in your head, in fear of what others may think of you, but always know that you aren’t alone. I had to ask Lance and Mike about their advice on embracing your true self, watch below.
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