Once upon a time, Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan was an ascendant star in Christian music, blending solid indie rock riffs with poignant, heart-breaking lyrics that explored matters of faith and doubt. But even after he eventually left the faith, his lyrics continued to explore those topics, and with a growing urgency in light of the strange, disquieting confluence of American religion and politics (see: the 2016 election).
Directed by Brandon Vedder, Strange Negotiations follows Bazan as he travels across the country on solo tours, playing in living rooms and small venues while trying to make sense of his (former) faith and weighing the impact that his music career has on his family. Even the few short snippets in the trailer make it clear that Bazan is being completely transparent in the documentary, whether he’s talking about Christianity or his family.
Related: Vox’s Alissa Wilkinson recently interviewed Bazan about his growing concern with how American Christianity has been co-opted, the sense of betrayal he feels, and his struggles in the music business, among other things.
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