Director Gregorio Smith 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 and spiritual intimidation, suspension of critical thinking, failed prophecies, doctrinal inconsistency, and improper handling of physical and sexual abuse allegations within the church. Smith – who was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness – gathers a number of former practitioners willing to 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, and missing societal holidays and customs. Ultimately, the film reveals why Jehovah’s Witnesses have the lowest retention rate of any religious organization, with only 37 percent of those raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses continuing their affiliation.
The Truth Be Told screening begins at 7:30 p.m. A director Q&A will follow. Tickets are $11 general admission. Guests must reserve their seats at the film’s Tugg account.