1946 THE MISTRANSLATION THAT SHIFTED CULTURE
SHARON ROGGIO | USA | 2022 | 92 MIN | ENGLISH
1946 is the pivotal year when the word “homosexual” first appeared in the Bible. It is also a flash point that divides religious thinkers and sends straight ally Kathy Baldock, queer filmmaker Sharon “Rocky” Roggio, and gay Christian Ed Oxford on entwined quests to combat misreadings of key scriptural passages. How and why was the decision made to alter ancient words with formerly ambiguous meanings, bringing so much pain and loss of life into the world that could have been averted, and who’s to blame? The mission to find answers will take dedicated scholars and good Samaritans across the U.S. and Canada and into unopened archives, pitting them against no less than the conservative political machine and Roggio’s own pastor father. And at one of their darkest moments, a few dogged devotees stumble upon a revelatory discovery that promises to alter everything: a still-living Canadian reverend who, long before it was common, attempted to save history from itself. 1946 is a tense, benevolent, and deeply personal documentary about the corrosive power and collateral damage of mistranslation, and those willing to love harder and dig deeper into the Word.