I must be on some kind of S&M binge because I've been very into disturbingly religious documentaries lately. Deborah 13 is about a 13-year-old girl from a small town in England who is being raised in a very Christian household. Actually, it's dangerously Christian. Her parents decided to only have a couple of children, but then "left it up to god" to determine how many they had. They have 10 total! None of the children are able to watch television or read a newspaper unless previously approved. Deborah, poor girl, has never heard of Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham, or any other idol that little girls have these days. Now, I'm not really saying those women are particularly deserving of idol-ship by teenaged girls, but to never have heard of them because your life is so closeted is sad.
The documentary is actually very recent... airing at the beginning of March on BBC. (I love BBC docs). It's a 6-part series that starts here
if you're curious about watching. I would say it is not as severe nor horrifying as Jesus Camp was, but it is still a sad tale of a young girl being scared into believing.
The doc follows this girl through her day to day activities, often asking her questions about her faith and why she believes.. and it all ultimately boils back down to her fear of hell. She confronts people on the street and at college parties (that her brother takes her to) genuinely wanting to "save" them. She has this constant fear hanging over her head that is just heart-wrenching to see in a girl of such a young age. Not to mention the last interview scene just broke my heart. I wanted to give her a hug and strangle her parents.
If nothing else, these sad and frustrating peeks into the lives of the hardcore religious only solidifies my love for free thought and knowledge.