You are a young documentary filmmaker with a reputation for capturing politicians’ antics. In a deliberate departure from politics, your latest film is a road trip into the world of evangelical Christians that includes a drive-through church, a Christian wrestling federation, a stand-up Christian comic, an evangelical Elvis and a biblical miniature golf course with the empty tomb of Jesus.It just so happens, though, that your designated tour guide in that world is the Rev. Ted Haggard, then president of the National Association of Evangelicals who, after your film is finished, is accused of buying illegal drugs from a male prostitute and paying him for sex. And your mother makes history by becoming the first female speaker of the House just weeks before your film is broadcast.

Those two big events are the back story for Alexandra Pelosi, whose film Friends of God: A Road Trip With Alexandra Pelosi, is to be shown on HBO on Thursday. The youngest child of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat sworn in this month as speaker of the House, Alexandra Pelosi said the other day she worried that her film would not be received in an “open-minded way.”

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