The incredibly powerful, moving, difficult but ultimately hopeful film, Out of the Darkness, from Anteroom Productions, will be streaming online tomorrow at 11:30 am, EST, as part of the National Pornography Harms conference here in Washington.
I've been meaning to write a review of Out of the Darkness for some time now. Anteroom Productions have created a bold and challenging documentary film about the destructiveness of the pornography industry here in America. Shelley Lubben spent much of her life as a stripper and porn star, before she turned to a life with Christ.
The camera quietly attends as tears well in the wounded eyes of Shelley Lubben... [She] speaks with theatrical poise when recounting her first transaction with a john and rolls her eyes comically over the dilemma of porn film etiquette: “What do you do when you meet the guy you’re going to have sex with? Shake hands? Say, ‘Hi’?” But when she remembers how she was molested at age 9 — how she was alone, unprotected and had no recourse — then her face shows grief that is still sharp and fresh. Lubben survived by telling herself, “Just push it away” — don’t think about it. She hid behind sunglasses for eight years."Woven with Lubben's inspiring story (which forms the major narrative of the film), is the story of Mark Houck, founder of The King's Men, who was first exposed to pornography at the age of nine! As Finnegan says, in Fisher's interview, "The moral imagination allows you to see the significance of something beyond the immediate evidence. Porn takes away everything that’s significant about the person, about sexuality."
Meanwhile, we have shocking reports from the fantastically non-nonsense Dr. Judith Reisman, who has spent her life examining the effects of what she calls "fraudulent sex science and education." Her frank assessment of the ideological roots of the sexual revolution (and it's hero, Alfred Kinsey) were so fascinating and horrible and sad (though, I confess a couple times I was so shocked by what she told us about Kinsey that I had to turn the film off and clear my mind a bit)--they provided the perfect context to Lubben's and Houck's intensely personal stories.
This film is really excellent. It balances the gravity of its message with very human stories, making it impossible to ignore the devastating reality of the sex industry on individuals involved. The story is difficult, but ultimately charged with hope and beauty.
I highly recommend catching the live streaming tomorrow morning. If you're not able to get view it then, then please, pick up the DVD--and share it with your church, friends, and family. (I would say this is appropriate for mature teenagers. Mambo shows it to her senior class, for example.)
Watch the trailer, below: