Official trailer for documentary ‘1946 The Movie’ criticizing biblical literalism
by Alex Billington
November 13, 2023
“The authority of the Bible is at stake.” An official trailer has been released for a major documentary film titled in full 1946: the bad translation that changed culture. Following a festival run that won more than 20 awards, including the Audience Award at the 2022 DOC NYC Film Festival, the film will hit theaters starting in December. Directed by filmmaker Sharon “Rocky” Roggio, 1946 is a feature-length documentary that follows the story of tireless researchers who trace the origins of the anti-gay movement among Christians to a mistranslation of the Bible in 1946. The film chronicles the discovery of previously unpublished documents found in the archives of the Yale University. which uncovers astonishing new revelations and casts significant doubt on any biblical basis for LGBTQIA+ prejudice. With commentary from leading scholars and opposing pastors, including personal stories from the film’s creators, 1946 is at once challenging, illuminating, and inspiring. While other documentary films have successfully addressed the symptom of homophobia in the Church, 1946 strives to diagnose and treat the disease – Biblical literalism. Yes, it is meant to be provocative and clear – to start an important conversation that needs to happen. Hopefully this movie changes things.
Official trailer for Sharon Roggio’s documentary 1946: the bad translation that changed cultureon Youtube:
“Biblical literalism has led to the marginalization of countless human beings, not just within the LGBTQIA+ community. I hope this film starts the conversations needed to rid the Church and our homes of this bad theology,” Roggio said. “We must address this error with compassion and consideration, because often our loved ones are our oppressors and the perpetrators of persecution because of this misinformation. It’s not just a movie for me. It is an act of mercy, justice and empathy, not only towards those who participated in the creation of the film, but also towards those we interviewed, towards the audience who will watch it and towards myself as well. It is an act of grace. » –Director Sharon Roggio
In the documentary film 1946: The Bad Translation That Changed Culture, director Sharon Roggio combines personal experiences with thrilling historical exploration to uncover one of the greatest mysteries of our time, forever changing our understanding of Bible. The film follows the story of tireless researchers Kathy Baldock and Ed Oxford who trace the origins of the anti-gay movement among Christians to a serious mistranslation of the biblical text. They discovered that the Revised Standard Version, published in 1946, was the first time the word “homosexual” appeared in a Bible – in any translation. Although much of the film’s content is rooted in research and scholarship, the heart of the film lies in all of its creators’ personal stories. The documentary also chronicles the discovery of never-before-seen archives at Yale University that uncover astonishing revelations and cast significant doubt on any biblical basis for LGBTQIA+ prejudice.
1946: the bad translation that changed culturealso known as 1946 The filmis made by the producer / props designer / set designer / filmmaker Sharon “Rocky” Roggio, making her directorial debut with this film after previously working as a producer and prop on numerous other projects. Produced by Jena Serbu and Sharon Roggio; co-produced by Tyler Eichorst. This originally premiered at the 2022 DOC NYC Film Festival last year, with stops at numerous other festivals (including BFI Flare and Outfest LA) throughout 2023. 1946: the bad translation that changed culture doc will debut in select U.S. theaters starting on December 1, 2023 this autumn. For more updates on releases and theater listings, visit the film’s official website.