TRUTH BE TOLD – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY EXPOSING THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES RELIGION – DEBUTS IN BROOKLINE, MASSACHUSETTS JUNE 5th 2013
“If you do not serve Jehovah, you will die. Do you know anybody that does not serve Jehovah? Then let them know they will die.” These are some of the fear beliefs the Watchtower Society teaches its members.
Steve Hassan and Gregorio Smith do questions and answers after the film.
-Excerpt from TRUTH BE TOLD
NEW YORK, NY – May 6, 2013 - SMITHKRAFT PRODUCTIONS, LLC announced a Brookline, MA promotional screening of TRUTH BE TOLD. The one-off engagement will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Coolidge Corner Theater.
Show begins at 7pm. There will be a Q&A session with director Gregorio Smith after the screening. Invited guests include noted author, cult expert and mental health counselor Steven Hassan.
ABOUT THE FILM
TRUTH BE TOLD - a new feature-length documentary - lifts the veil on the seemingly benign Jehovah’s Witnesses religion to expose a profit-driven, isolationist culture characterized by fear, totalitarian corporate leadership, intellectual & spiritual intimidation, suspension of critical thinking, failed prophecies, doctrinal inconsistency and improper handling of physical and sexual abuse allegations within the church.
See former Jehovah's Witnesses candidly discuss growing up inside the religion. They reveal experiences including the effects of proselytizing door-to-door, shunning non- observant family and friends, suffering the discouragement of pursuing dreams like gaining a higher education, missing other societal holidays and customs. And more...
Ultimately the film reveals why Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest retention rate of any religion with only 37% of those raised as Jehovah's Witnesses continuing their affiliation with the religion.
This exposé - the title of which refers to the Jehovah's Witnesses’ perception that their beliefs are 'the truth' - is the first feature-film directed by Gregorio Smith.
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BE TOLD website: hereliesthetruth.com
TRUTH BE TOLD on Facebook: facebook.com/hereliesthetruth VENUE INFO
Widely regarded as one of New England’s most beloved cultural landmarks, the Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.
The Coolidge Corner Theatre is fully accessible and is located at 290 Harvard Street in the heart of Coolidge Corner, Brookline, Massachusetts (4 miles from Boston).
Visit coolidge.org to purchase tickets and box office information. Movie info: (617) 734–2500.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Gregorio Smith is an independent filmmaker and writer. His work has been featured in Staten Island Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Dallas Video and Film Festival, Denver Underground Film Festival, Bowery Poetry Club and other forums. His work has also appeared in the New York Times.
He is a graduate of Baruch College and a member of the International Documentary Association.
Gregorio Smith was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. He describes TRUTH BE TOLD as ‘immersive, informational, expository and controversial ...an honest glimpse into the culture of growing up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.”
TRUTH BE TOLD is the director’s sixth film and first feature.
SMITHKRAFT PRODUCTIONS, LLC - an independent multimedia production company - was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. The company creates independent films, commercial digital media, and original web-based content.
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