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Project of the Day: Children 'Kidnapped for Christ' are Taken to the Dominican Republic

By Indiewire | Indiewire December 24, 2013 at 9:29AM

The shocking stories of American teenagers who were shipped to an American-run Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.
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"Kidnapped for Christ"

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The shocking stories of American teenagers who were shipped to an American-run Christian reform school in the Dominican Republic.

Elevator Pitch:

Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were taken from their homes and sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school known as Escuela Caribe located in the Dominican Republic. The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a “therapeutic Christian boarding school” whose mission is to “help struggling youth transform into healthy Christian adults.” In reality, this school employed classic brainwashing techniques to break down and rebuild its students. 

Production Team:

Director/Producer/Co-Writer: Kate S. Logan
Producer/Writer: Yada Zamora
Producer: Paul A. Levin

Executive Producers: Lance Bass (‘NSYNC), Mike C. Manning (Disney’s “Cloud 9”) and Tom DeSanto (“Transformers,” “X-Men”). 

Cinematographers: Peter Borrud, Stash Slionski

Editors: H. Dwight Raymond III, Sean Yates

Composer: Joseph DeBeasi


About the Production:

"All over the US and abroad, so-called therapeutic boarding schools, boot camps, and wilderness rehabilitation programs take in teenagers with a wide range of issues and use unsafe and often harmful tactics to reform them. Using political connections, religious affiliations, and substantial amounts of money, many such camps and schools have committed inappropriate and abusive acts behind their guarded walls for decades with impunity.


"I, myself had no idea these places existed before stumbling upon this remote reform school and by some miracle got permission to film there." -- Kate S. Logan

Current Status:

Post-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page

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