The Lost Tribe

A film by Rachel Landers

Australia | 2005 | 56 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 06895

SYNOPSIS

While ex-Mormon-lesbian-atheist Sue-Ann Post has carved out a name for herself as a stand-up comic in Australia, she has been estranged from her family ever since she decided to abandon her Mormon upbringing. When she publicly demanded to be excommunicated from the Mormon church on a national TV talk show, she got what she asked for—leaving her completely ostracized from her Mormon community.

This highly engaging doc follows Post as she journeys to Salt Lake City where she has been invited to speak at the Affirmation Conference—an annual gathering of gay and lesbian Mormons and ex-Mormons who are trying to reconcile their faith with their homosexuality. As cynical as she has become about her former religion, Post finds herself struggling with conflicting emotions that she had buried for years, while realizing that she has finally found her own lost tribe.
Hilarious and moving, THE LOST TRIBE offers fascinating insights into the Mormon faith, and reveals the often explosive intersection of sexuality and religion.

PRESS

Recommended...Alternately humorous, touching, and thought provoking.”

Educational Media Reviews Online

"3 Stars. Recommended...an engaging and compassionate look at a provocative subject."

Video Librarian

“Brave…wrenching… A message of hope and healing for all those misunderstood and excluded from possibly the deepest human need: acceptance.”

The Weekend Australian

“Thumbs up…a journey filled with humour and the unexpected.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

“Rachel Landers' riveting documentary cuts to the raw core of Post's demons, as well as the difficult journey she and others have made as they attempt to reconcile themselves to the faith that excludes them.”

Paul Kalina The Age

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Rachel Landers

Dr. Rachel Landers completed a PhD in History at the University of Sydney and a Post-Graduate Directing Diploma at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Working in theatre after graduation, Rachel then moved into film as a writer/director and producer of drama and documentary. Her films have screened at numerous international festivals, been broadcast all over the world and have won and been nominated for a number of awards.

Most recently Rachel made the feature documentary A NORTHERN TOWN nominated for the prestigious UK Grierson Innovation award, a United Nations media award and was a finalist for best documentary in the Dendy's and the Film Critics Circle of Australia. A NORTHERN TOWN, which she also shot, won an AFI for Best Cinematography and the 2009 Premiers History Award and is in competition at FIFO in 2012.

Rachel produced the feature documentary THE SNOWMAN, which was selected for competition at IDFA; nominated for an AFI award for Best Feature Documentary and won the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize.

Her last film was the documentary THE INQUISITION screened on the ABC and France 1 and was in competition at FIFO in 2011.

Rachel has recently been awarded the 2011 NSW Premier's History Fellowship and appointed Head of Documentary at AFTRS. (8/14)

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