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PRAY AWAY will screen at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival


PRAY AWAY will screen at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival ahead of its global launch on Netflix in August. 

Executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Jason BlumPRAY AWAY follows former leaders of the "pray the gay away" movement as they contend with the aftermath unleashed by their actions, while a survivor seeks healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma. 

The film will have an in-person, outdoor screening as part of Tribeca 2021 on Wednesday, June 16 at 8PM at the Brooklyn Commons at MetroTech with director Kristine Stolakis and special guests in attendance for a Q&A. 

PRAY AWAY synopsis

“I lived transgender, but I left it all to follow Jesus.” So explains self-identified ‘ex-trans’ Jeffrey, whose belief that change is possible reflects the core message of the conversion therapy movement today.

In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a bible study to help each other leave the "homosexual lifestyle." They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world.

Julie is one of hundreds of thousands of people caught in Exodus’ wake. When she came out at sixteen, her mom took her to a residential conversion therapy program where she spent the next decade going through weekly psychological, behavioral, and religious counseling to make her straight.

But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many have come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. PRAY AWAY chronicles that movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the harm it causes.