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.
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. In a recent interview 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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Producing an independent film is expensive. From the drawing-board to the big-screen there are a host of creative and administrative expenses incurred. These costs are considerable but ultimately necessary to ensure the creative and editorial freedom that is characteristic of independent films yet rare for movies produced by major studios.
TRUTH BE TOLD is the first feature-length documentary from Smithkraft Productions, LLC – an independent multimedia company. Resources are needed to defray various production costs including (but not limited to) marketing, rights clearances, legal fees and insurance.Truth Be Told will also be submitted to a number of national/international film festivals. Funds are required to cover festival fees, formatting content to specific exhibition formats and other co-op fees (i.e. theater/projection equipment rental, paid advertising, and general publicity and promotion).
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If you cannot contribute financially, we hope to enlist your help to promote awareness of the documentary. Join our TRUTH BE TOLD page on Facebook (http://facebook.com/hereliesthetruth). Forward our url (www.hereliesthetruth.com) to family, friends, coworkers, and colleagues who are current or former Jehovah’s Witnesses. You can also forward our donation link to those with the means to contribute financially. We thank you in advance for your support!
The story of being raised a Jehovah’s Witness is an interesting paradox. As one former Witness puts it, “It’s crazy how different & yet the same many Jehovah’s Witnesses & ex JW’s lives are…’.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses religion has had an impact on tens of millions. And the conversation of being raised a Jehovah’s Witness is exponentially larger than time permits in our feature-length documentary.
Real truth requires a diversity of opinions. To that end, we invite any and all to share their story on the official Truth Be Told Facebook page. Select stories will be published here on the official Truth Be Told movie site.
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