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Sunday Sessions, The

Director - Richard Yeagley
Run Time - 89 minutes
Language - English
Format - Digital
Year - 2018
Genre - Documentary

Educational Interests- Christianity, Communication, Conflict Resolution, LGBTQ Studies, New Releases, Psychology, Religion, Sex & Sexuality

Institutional DVD Price: $295

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The Sunday Sessions is an intimate portrait of one man's struggle to reconcile his religious conviction and sexual identity. The feature length documentary follows Nathan Gniewek, a gay man in his late twenties, as he seeks counseling from conversion therapist Christopher Doyle.

Conversion therapy is the controversial, non-scientifically based process which aims to convert an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Although it has been discredited by all major American medical, psychiatric, psychological and professional counseling organizations, some therapists still offer the service for reasons almost exclusively rooted in a conservative religious belief system.

The filmmakers had unfettered access to individual therapy sessions, family sessions, and a collection of weekend camps, and have crafted an emotional and psychological thriller which chronicles two years of Nathan's journey from acceptance to skepticism, all leading to a profound epiphany.

"'The Sunday Sessions' is excruciating. The good kind of excruciating. This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows Nathan, a committed Christian, as he undergoes 'conversion therapy' in an attempt to overcome his homosexuality. Director Richard Yeagley has performed an impressive feat of filmmaking in getting access to private 'therapy' sessions, and in general he succeeds in offering the viewer an intensely harrowing inside look at one of the cruelest forms of homophobia, while providing insight into Nathan's mind." - James Croft, The Humanist

"Poignantly highlights how far we have to go as a society to create a place where people don't have to choose between authenticity and faith." - Tim Rymel, M.Ed., The Huffington Post

"Amazing footage...Yeagley has captured something that has rarely been documented. That is, an intimate and revealing, behind the scenes expose of the flawed and discredited practice of what has become known as conversion therapy." - Anthony Venn-Brown, Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International