RBC Narrative Change Award Winner: 1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture

Aug 20, 2023
4 PM

International Village - Theatre 9


Winner of the inaugural RBC Narrative Change Award:
1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture

2SLGBTQIA+ identities and Christian beliefs are often in opposition, with many queer-identifying Christians facing judgment or outright rejection from both communities. Sharon Roggio’s fascinating etymological excavation traces the origins of the Christian anti-gay movement back to 1946, when a damaging mistranslation resulted in the first appearance of the word “homosexual” in the Bible, thus providing a “sacred weapon” for the religious right to use against gay people. Significantly, while critical of religious dogma, this documentary does not oppose Christianity.

Roggio, herself a lesbian, grew up under the watchful eye of her preacher father, and this personal investment in the relationship between queerness and faith makes for an empathetic film that strives for inclusivity over division. This documentary is essential viewing for everyone regardless of personal beliefs, but particularly important for queer Christians who have been forced to hide their identities in the hope of gaining acceptance.

This film has been rated 14A by BC Consumer Protection with an advisory for sexual language.

RBC Narrative Change Award

We are proud to introduce the RBC Narrative Change Award. Sponsored by RBC, this $5,000 cash prize will be determined by an international jury and will honor a Canadian or International film that uses the power of cultural strategy to overturn outdated narratives, inspire change, and expand the audience’s perception of 2SLGBTQIA+ idenities. The award winner will be announced at the Closing Night Gala on August 19th have an encore screening on the last day of the Festival on August 20.