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Investigation & Politics 52’ 70’

You'll be straight

Accepting one’s homosexuality for an American today ought to be simple? And yet, it is not so straightforward!

700,000 young people in the United States have already undergone so-called conversion therapies, intended to "cure" their homosexuality. Run by religious or pseudo-scientific communities, these therapies promise to fix a supposedly "deviant sexual orientation" and to change a person’s inner identity.

Through social, familial and religious pressure, Mathew, Jordan and Lucas all signed up for these therapies and went through hell: Isolation, sequestration, humiliation, food deprivation, physical and psychological violence.

Today, a political combat is underway to halt these therapies and to acknowledge the victims. This is likely to be a long process, given that such practices are still allowed in 41 states and have the backing of the Trump administration.

Conceived like a road movie, taking us from California to Alabama, this documentary offers a gripping immersion into the world of conversion therapies, through the powerful testimony of victims and the voice of activists.

Direction: Caroline Benarrosh

Production: Tohubohu for France Télévisions

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