A Civil Faithful-LDS Reaction to “8”

We’ve posted quite a lot about 8: The Mormon Proposition here; all positive. However — whether or not the film deserves accolades exclusively — I’d prefer to avoid the danger of falling into the group-think echo-chamber. To that end, I’d like to point you to a civil and detailed mixed review by faithful Mormon TT. Though I could perhaps have been more civil to TT myself last time he visited here, I’d still like to encourage you to read his review and think about his objections.


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at @chanson@social.linux.pizza or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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10 Responses

  1. TT says:

    Thanks for the link! No need to worry about what went down last time. These are sensitive issues. People on the internet sometimes get snippy, including myself last time. We are all just trying to do our best and keeping communication open. I’m pleased to do so with you all.

  2. chanson says:

    Cool. Glad to be part of the effort at keeping the lines of communication open. 😀

  3. Andrew S says:

    TT’s review is pretty amazing.

    Yet…I could’ve anticipated those criticisms…it truly brings down the impact the documentary could have had on the whole.

  4. Chino Blanco says:

    Thanks for the link, it’s a good read and a worthy effort.

    “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they actually watch the damn documentary before forming an opinion, then everybody wins.” — Mahatma Gandhi

  5. Seth R. says:

    I remember watching the trailer, and immediately felt so utterly emotionally manipulated that rather felt I didn’t want anything further to do with the film.

    It had the sort of feeling I get from the standard political campaign ad. Heart-wrenching close-ups of emotionally distraught people with heartwarming pianos or sinister back tone, one-sided slogans, and a narrative that is primarily interested in you not looking too closely at the wider context.

    The review isn’t particularly surprising to me. It just bears out the impressions I already had from the trailer.

  6. aerin says:

    4 – chino – did Gandhi really say that? You’re joking, right?

  7. Chino Blanco says:

    @6: I don’t know. He’s supposed to have said something like that, but the provenance is in dispute. Nick Klein described similar stages back in 1914:

    First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.

    And yes, I was just tryin’ to be funny 😉

  8. Chino Blanco says:

    By the way, Steve Evans reviewed Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons back in June 2008, and it was interesting to revisit Steve’s take on that project.

  9. M.R. 2 says:

    I am new here but have been following this film for some time now.

    Great review TT!

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