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religious film series

Fresno Reel Pride realizes the complicated relationship that queer people can have with religion and brings three documentaries to the community along with a panel discussion by local religious leaders. 

Three documentaries + panel discussion

Religious Film Series

Saturday, September 30th

Fresno City College Performing Art Theater

1101 E University Ave, Fresno, CA 93741

Free Event Parking in Lot D and Lot E


Religious Film Series includes access to all three films + interview with 1946’s Edward Oxford + local religious leaders panel moderated by Paul Swearengin. Religious Film Series is $25. Individual films are $10 each.

11:00 AM

The Radical

Muhsin Hendricks is the world's first openly gay imam. Despite opposition, he established a radically inclusive mosque in Cape Town. Now, he fights for LGBTQ Muslims to be embraced in the countries where their existence is outlawed.


1:00 PM
1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture

Researchers trace the origins of the Christian anti-gay movement to a mistranslation of the Bible in 1946.


3:00 pm
Interview and panel Discussion

Interview with 1946’s Edward Oxford and panel of Local Religious Leaders moderated by Paul Swearengin, “Unconventional Pastor Paul.”


4:30 PM
Wonderfully Made

As religious discrimination against LGBTQ+ people intensifies in the US and abroad, a team of creatives upends 1700 years of religious iconography by producing photo art depicting Jesus as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Download the 2023 Program (PDF) to read detailed film descriptions (pages 11, 19, 29)

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Kathleen Arambula-Reyna

Board President & Festival Director

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