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Former NSYNC member Lance Bass is one of the executive producers behind the award-winning documentary Kidnapped for Christ, set to premiere on Showtime on Thursday, July 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
The film chronicles the controversial Escuela Caribe, a Christian behavior-modification program in the Dominican Republic for “troubled” U.S. teenagers. Initially hoping to document the positive effects a boarding school like this could have on struggling youth, evangelical filmmaker Kate Logan was granted unprecedented access and allowed to live on campus for the summer. Once there, Logan discovers the truth beneath the sunny facade of this remote reform school — kids being taken by force in the middle of the night, rumors of physical abuse, and staff imposing arbitrary and degrading punishments on the young students — and encounters students who change her life.
Logan meets David, a 17-year-old honor student from Colorado, sent to the program shortly after coming out to his parents; Beth, a 15-year-old from Michigan suffering from debilitating panic attacks; and Tai, a 16-year-old Haitian-American girl from Boston experimenting with drugs to cope with childhood trauma. With mounting evidence that this “therapeutic boarding school” is no more than a crude brainwashing camp, Logan is determined to help at least one student escape. The struggles she faces to secure the child’s freedom reveal just how far Escuela Caribe will go to prevent its students from leaving; it becomes a journey that tests Logan’s faith in ways she could never imagine.
The film was named the Special Jury Award Winner at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival. Along with Bass, the documentary’s executive producers include Mike C. Manning and Tom DeSanto.