Lance Bass Talks ‘Kidnapped For Christ,’ Doc on Christian Reform School in Dominican Republic
While promoting a documentary film he executive produced titled Kidnapped For Christ, Lance Bass sat down for a short interview where he also spoke on his return to music with Billboard.
Kidnapped For Christ, which made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is a behind-the-scenes look at the highly controversial Escuela Caribe, an American-run Christian behavior modification program in the Dominican Republic.
It follows the stories of American teenagers who were taken from their homes and shipped there. Check out what he had to say about the film below.
“I came on board a few months ago. Out director, Kate Logan, who’s this incredible new filmmaker… She’s gonna be a superstar. At 20 years old she went down to the Dominican Republic to do some missionary work and met some counselors that worked at this teen reform school called Escuela Caribe.
And she became friends with them and realized how great this school was about reforming these kids and wanted to do a student film on it. So they trusted her to come in and do a positive documentary on their school, and what she quickly realized was the school was abusing kids.
And so she started filming, interviewing all these kids, all the counselors and it got to the point where she had to start secretly taping these kids and doing secret interviews to get the real truth because she started seeing them get physically abused, mentally abused.
And there’s even cases where over 150 of these kids from different schools around America have been murdered at these places and no one’s talking about it.
These kids are so afraid to tell anyone what they experienced because when they’re in these schools none of their friends know they’re there. They just disappear in the middle of the night.
That’s why it’s called ‘Kidnapped for Christ.’ They get ripped out their bedrooms, handcuffed, pulled out of bed naked sometimes and just dragged to an airplane and they fly them down to the Dominican Republic and they disappear for years…”
The former ‘N Sync member can be heard on a new upbeat dance song called “Walking on Air” by Australian DJ Anise K, who Lance believes will be “the next David Guetta.”
The song also features guest appearances from Ian Thomas, Bella Blue & Snoop Dogg, and premieres on iTunes today, January 22, 2014.