The Seminarian by Joshua Lim
I’ve always believed that Art is the greatest medium to convey the most important social messages. And nothing is more powerful than a movie. When you’re not merely hearing facts are debates — when you ‘re actually a voyeur to the reality of a gay person struggling between faith, family, morality and love, you begin to lose a sense of what you SHOULD do, to what you WANT to do.
The Seminarian is a story about Ryan, a closeted gay student in his final semester of theological study. Despite the school’s hostile stance towards homosexuality, Ryan has two gay classmates – Gerald and Anthony – in whom he confides in secret. He is also close to his religiously devout mother who, as things stand, is unaware of his sexual orientation.
Ryan needs to complete a solid theological thesis in order to continue doctoral work at the university of his dreams. As he works on his thesis on ‘The Divine Gift of Love,’ Ryan begins a relationship with Bradly – a guy he met on the Internet who seems perpetually unable to commit himself. Ryan confides in Gerald and Anthony, only to learn about their romantic struggles as well. Consequently, Ryan questions his view on God’s gift of love.
During this volatile time, with the pain of unrequited love and the inability to share his fears with his mother deepening, Ryan struggles with finishing his thesis and holding on to his hope for love
Joshua is a graduate from the University of Southern California film school. His first feature-length film, The Olive Depression, is currently in his home country, Singapore. He is now pursuing a Masters in Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary. The Seminarian serves as his thesis project
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