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Overcoming the Porn Problem

New documentary wisely shines a light on personal stories, rather than just the 'experts'

When filmmaker Sean Finnegan first considered doing a documentary on the problem of pornography, he knew he didn't want to merely cite facts and figures interwoven with sound bites from experts. He thought the best way to tell this story was to, well, tell a story – and in the case of Out of the Darkness, now available on DVD, he found a powerful one in former porn actress Shelley Lubben, who now runs a ministry helping others to escape the sex industry and find hope and healing in Christ.

"Stories matter," says Finnegan. "Most of the work done on pornography revolves around the issues of free speech and legislation, or the science behind addiction. But films are not essays or treatises. Films, like novels and poems and plays, are here to tell stories. And that is enough. If that is done well, we will, as Conrad said, gain a glimpse into the truth for which we forgot to ask.

"What stories can do for us is put faces on their topics. No matter how intense the debate around pornography becomes, ...

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