Believer

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7.21 h 41 min201816+
Frontman Dan Reynolds from the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, tells the story exploring how the Mormon Church treats its' LGBTQ members. Reynolds expresses his concerns with the high suicide rate amongst teens in Utah who belong to the Mormon Church while demanding change. Believer documents a year in Reynolds' life while he is organizing the LoveLoud festival in Orem, Utah.
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Don Argott
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Dan Reynolds
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LGBTQDocumentarySpecial Interest
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English [CC]
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Lonnie E. ScottReviewed in the United States on July 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Important! Necassary! You must watch, absorb, and act on what this film exposes in all corners of life.
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AMAZING! I'm not a Mormon. I didn't even know that Dan is a Mormon. I'm a Heathen. That's a general term for Germanic / Norse Paganism. I'm a leader in Heathenry as part of the Inclusive organization The Troth. I work very hard - and have for many years before my position - to find the people coming to Heathenry and being pushed out by the factions among my own religion that promote racism, and discriminate based on sexuality, gender, physical ability and more. I know many have felt bullied, lost, and alone in their spiritual journey because they found those people online that demanded them to go back to their own people's religion if they are of color, or to simply go away if they are among the LGBTQ. This can't go on. My heart breaks for all those who feel so alone they turn to suicide. I cried more than once watching this film. I found myself wondering how many of my own people turn to suicide in a similar manner because they found the wrong authority figures shaming them for who they are. I'm so proud of the movement Love Out Loud created. You're taking on a giant, but it's a necessary fight. It's a literal game of life and death. I'm in your corner no matter what spiritual calling you hear. I'm your ally. Listen up, all LGBTQ people who might read this. You matter. You shine. You sing and dance and love and play like nobody else. You laugh and cry as unique as a star. You comfort others whether you know it or not. I promise there is at least one soul that needs you to live, to be, to go on, to just please PAUSE! I'm grateful you're here. The world needs that awesome spark that only shines in you. So please shine. Live. One moment after one moment after another moment until enough of them go by that you feel okay. Ya dig? Stay with us. Please.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2018
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Fair, inspiring, and needed
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As someone who grew up Mormon and attended BYU this strikes a powerful chord. From what I've observed in spending the first 28 years of my life as an active Mormon, this paints a fair and accurate picture of church doctrine, the good intentions of the majority of church members, the deep struggles that are ongoing inside the community, and the exceptionally harmful consequences of certain attitudes and policies. I'm grateful Dan is speaking up. I'm grateful for those who have the courage to push for change. And I'm hopeful that the community and church leadership change for the better. This film and these stories brought me to tears with greater love "one to another."
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2018
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This was a great documentary, from top to bottom
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This was a great documentary, from top to bottom. It's clear, clean, honest, fair, and uplifting. I would recommend it to anyone.

FASCINATINGLY!!! --- I also believe that it shows the weak spot in the otherwise hard and resilient armor of the leadership of the Mormon church. Generally speaking, the leadership will act without remorse, cutting and slashing, offending and distancing, whomever necessary so long as it does not create a significant disruption in the hearthstone of Mormonism - the 15-25-year-olds of Utah Valley. Adults are already decided (they're committed or not) and children are not yet imminently consequential as they'll believe what they're taught. The demographic that's deciding are the 15-25-year-olds, and the highest concentration of this demographic is Utah Valley. Most people think of Salt Lake City when thinking of Mormonism, but anyone attending one of the fun and fantastic LGBT festivals and other celebrations in SLC will quickly see otherwise. The hidden stronghold is Utah Valley - more particularly, the 15-25-year-olds of Utah Valley.

ASTOUNDINGLY - this guy from Imagine Dragons has managed to do that. Sadly (or maybe not) he'll likely get excommunicated in time, especially after his fame wanes, but this documentary shows (while briefly) the Mormon version of Smog's missing scale! ...the youth of Utah Valley.
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Pen NameReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2018
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Entertaining with a Vital Message
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This was a great documentary about a sincerely caring person using fame for good. There were a lot of important stories told. I was raised Mormon but have not been connected to the religion for a long time so didn't know that after the tightening down on same sex relationships teen suicides increased enormously. It's tragic that so many lives are unnecessarily ruined by old white men making crap up. Unlike me, the documentary treats the Mormon church with respect.
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Sandra FrantzReviewed in the United States on July 4, 2018
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Sincere Admiration
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The only thing worse than feeling totally alone is knowing that the people in your life who are supposed to love and care for you stand in opposition to who you are as a person. I think we have all experienced this to some degree at some point in our lives. But what is the point of life if we are not living it as our authentic self? Being a physical therapist and having the honor of helping individuals recover what they have lost after injury and illness has afforded me the opportunity to work with many people of the LGBTQ community. I have listened to their stories, laughed and cried with them through their struggles and admired them for the courage they have to get up each day and face the intense opposition they face to just be. No one owes anyone an explanation to justify why they exist. My dream is that one day, no one will have to. So, I do what I can to show my sincere love and support and acceptance for all. I do not claim perfection. I have my own struggles to truly accept all and I constantly have to remind myself that all means all, even when it is someone that stands against my core beliefs and values. I deeply applaud Dan Reynolds and Imagine Dragons for trying to bridge the gap between their faith as Mormons and their belief that God indeed makes no mistakes. I have been a fan of this band since their incredible beginnings (in fact, I'm wearing one of their concert t-shirts as I write this) and as I watched this documentary my love for this band only deepened. Music can do so many amazing things but I think the most magical of all is when it brings us together. There is a tremendous power in harmony both in music and in life, when everything comes together and we resonate as one. Thank you, Dan, for living your truth and sharing that with the world.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2018
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My Mormon friends were great and some of the parents were very involved in ...
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I went to high school in a small mountain area that had a large Mormon community. Before moving there I attended catholic school where i never heard anything against homosexuality. I picked up on it from my surroundings. My mother was a hairdresser and gay male friends but no women. I had no one to look at that fit me. My Mormon friends were great and some of the parents were very involved in the school. On a trip I asked a friend about her church. She changed immediately almost like a robot just recite what was memorized. Someone that was fun and full of life just suddenly changed. I tried with other friends and found they basically had memorized and they didn't question anything. They were flustered when I asked questions. I had finished my 2 years of study for Confirmation before I moved. We were allowed to ask questions. When I came out at 23 I was counseling with a priests preparing to join the Convent. The priest reminded me that God made me and loved me. I realized there was nothing wrong with me. I was exactly the way God intended me to be. I was joining for the wrong reasons and instead came out to my family and friends. I was the same person that day except I was free of a burden. I could date women. I still loved my family and friends. I still had the same heart and goals. This documentary brought me to tears in different parts. My wife and I will celebrate 30 years next year. We have seen changes. We pray young people won't have to go through what we did our worse. We have had things happen to us because we are a gay couple that straight couples don't. We have had to endure normal relationship issues with the added issue of being gay. Yes, we both thought of suicide when we were younger. I taught high school for 25 years and we went to workshops on this subject. We were told to stop bullying because of teen suicides. I would see my colleagues turn away and do nothing. This documentary needs to be shared! The younger generation gives me hope!
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Katharina S.Reviewed in the United States on July 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful & a must watch for everyone who likes to learn more about what real love & compassion means..
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Thank you for making this documentary Dan! It couldn't have been more timely as releasing it in 2018! We need more compassion for all people in this world, especially marginalized people.
Don't give up on this special "LoveLoud" mission, it is, perhaps, that kind of work that you are meant to be doing on this earth.
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VegasNativeReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Documentary! Hope they keep it going.
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I was born a Mormon but never went to church or was taught their beliefs.
The whole church thing was never my thing for many reasons.

I mostly watched this cause I love Imagine Dragon and I hope they get more bands to join them in the coming years at the festival.
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