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Kidnapped For Christ

A documentary film which follows the stories of American teenagers who were sent to an American-run Christian reform school in The Dominican Republic.

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Kidnapped For Christ is a sponsored project of the International Documentary Association.

Our Story

Kidnapped for Christ follows the stories of several American teenagers who were sent to Escuela Caribe, an American-run Evangelical Christian reform school in The Dominican Republic. Students are sent to Esceula Caribe by their parents, for offenses ranging from drug use to running away to suicide attempts, or for simply not getting along with their parents. The film centers on David, a straight-A student who was sent to Escuela Caribe after coming out to his parents as gay. David was taken in the night without warning by a "transport service" and was never told where he was going or when he would return home. Once David's community found out what had happened to him, they formed a plan to bring him home on his 18th birthday. The struggles they faced to get David released revealed just how far Escuela Caribe would go to prevent a student from leaving.

The Impact

The growth of the troubled teen industry, especially therapeutic boarding schools located in the United States and abroad, has given rise to many other allegations of the inhumane treatment of youth and the exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers.  The goal of Kidnapped for Christ is to tell the stories of the students at Escuela Caribe and to give them a voice so that they may make people aware of the broader industry of schools like Escuela Caribe and the potential danger they constitute for our youth. We hope that the film will be entertaining, shocking, thought provoking and will ultimately inspire change in the way these types of schools are run and regulated. 

What We Need 

Currently we are raising funds to complete shooting the remaining interviews we need to tell this story. We will also be raising funds for post-production (editing, sound, etc.). 

Other Ways You Can Help

Spread the word to all your friends and family. If everyone who watched the trailer on You Tube gave just $5 dollars we'd have more than enough funds to finish the film. If you want to see the film donate a little money so we can finish it for you :)


Also, if you are a former student of Escuela Caribe or a similar school or camp, we would love to hear your stories. You can contact us at http://www.kidnappedforchrist.com/#!contact.


Donations are tax-deducible through our fiscal sponsor, the International Documentary Association. 

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