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« Reply #30 on: May 11, 2016, 05:06:31 PM »

                                    Scientology film gives a welcome push to the boundaries of religious freedom



Lorna Dueck is host of Context TV

I wouldn’t be surprised if actor Tom Cruise’s control and tenacity comes from his indoctrination in the Church of Scientology. Religion can transform people from the inside out. Mr. Cruise’s confidence embodies the forbearance training a millionaire can purchase in the Scientology cult.

There are at least eight (expensive) levels of “thetan” presence that Scientology implants into its devotees, and the result is a forceful presence which allows you a “tone 40” command or possibly more. I am usually mesmerized by Mr. Cruise on screen, I think he’s got at least a “tone 40,” and now I can speculate from whence it came.

This revelation is thanks to the Canadian premiere of My Scientology Movie, by director John Dower and Louis Theroux, which screened at Toronto’s Hot Docs festival on Sunday. The film is captivating, hilarious and frightening as it pushes how far the boundaries for religious freedom can go.

The documentary embeds Mr. Theroux into a recreation of Scientology techniques with a former inspector general of the faith, Marty Rathbun. Over his 27 years as a Scientology devotee, Mr. Rathbun held the highest rank of ecclesiology, unsuccessfully tried to reform the belief, and now writes and counsels on exiting the faith.

Mr. Theroux is a British celebrity journalist whose sweetly invasive style feigns a curious soul trying to figure out how the secretive leader of Scientology, David Miscavige, operates. For me, the documentary evoked the ancient words about Jesus in Matthew 9, where people curious for a better life had swarmed the rabbi: “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

I have no problem with Mr. Cruise employing mind-control techniques for his own uses, but Scientology, wrapped in the guise of a religiously structured church, is a system accountable to scrutiny.

If more filmmakers turned their camera on religion, like My Scientology Movie has done, we’d have a better world. The Oscar-winning best picture Spotlight, recounting the sins of the Christian church’s pedophilia scandal, spoke up for the helpless in a profound way. Open storytelling which examines the beliefs that shape Islamic State will be part of the future to peace. As Mr. Theroux intones in his documentary, “It may be every religion carries its own DNA for its destruction.”

Harassed and helpless, that timeless phrase which describes people’s search for health and wholeness, requires not less religion, but better understanding of what is in the DNA of our religions. Charles Taylor, writing in A Secular Age, documents how we’ve reinvented our spiritual search and advises, “We are just at the beginning of a new age of religious searching, whose outcome no one can foresee.”

Maybe the ways of Mr. Miscavige and his disciples are exactly that, fruit of the new age, people out on a path to belong somewhere with a hope to improve their lives? To make sense of it means we need to do the deliberate personal work of religious education. Schools and places of worship should be strengthened for the search, not shuttered. Book clubs, family discussions, media, all of it needs to engage the spiritual.

A solid education, an open education, is a good thing for what is ultimately a most private connection between people and God.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/shining-a-spotlight-on-religions-benefits-all-the-worlds-followers/article29944659/
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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2016, 07:15:29 AM »

                                              Louis Theroux's 'My Scientology Movie' converts US, UK buyers

HanWay Select has secured key territories on Louis Theroux’s impish London and Tribeca documentary My Scientology Movie, including with indie stalwart Magnolia for the US and Amy distributor Altitude for the UK.

Deals have also been agreed for Australia (Madman), Belgium (Dalton) and Netherlands (Cinema Delicatessen).

Directed by John Dower, My Scientology Movie sees well-known documentarian and broadcaster Theroux immerse himself in the controversial religion’s teachings and practises with one of its key defectors, Mark “Marty” Rathbun.

The film marks Theroux’s first foray into the theatrical market.

Two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) produced under his Red Box Films banner. Finance came from BBC Films and BBC Worldwide.

The UK deal was negotiated by Mark Lane for HanWay and Will Clarke and Hamish Moseley for Altitude.

The US deal was negotiated by Josh Braun for Submarine and Mark Lane for HanWay with Magnolia.

Altitude’s head of distribution Hamish Moseley said: “My Scientology Movie is an incredibly funny, fascinating and at times unnerving insight into the infamous and controversial religion.

“We plan to celebrate Louis’s big screen debut with a number of unmissable events in UK cinemas in the lead up to the release later in 2016.”

Executive producers are Christine Langan, Charlotte Moore and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films, and Mark Reynolds and Stephen McDonogh for BBC Worldwide.

http://m.screendaily.com/5103778.article
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« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2016, 03:24:14 PM »

                                      Louis Theroux confirms My Scientology Movie is finally getting a theatrical release

http://entertainment.ie/cinema/news/Louis-Theroux-confirms-My-Scientology-Movie-is-finally-getting-a-theatrical-release/380909.htm
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« Reply #33 on: May 17, 2016, 04:06:03 AM »

                                Louis Theroux discusses Scientology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPYSIV4FHm0


                                                  Louis Theroux on My Scientology Movie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCxsJBLbxbc
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« Reply #34 on: May 22, 2016, 05:14:06 AM »

                          Tel Aviv, May 19-28: Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival to show My Scientology Movie.

Indiewire: The 2016 Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival: New World Disorder

http://blogs.indiewire.com/sydneylevine/the-2016-docaviv-international-documentary-film-festival-new-world-disorder-20160511

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The 2016 Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival: New World Disorder

By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz

May 11, 2016 at 6:00PM

The festival will take place May 19-28 in Tel Aviv. Over the course of the festival, 110 films will be screened.

As the main topic of this year’s festival, Docaviv will feature a select group of thought-provoking films about a world that is changing with the collapse of physical and social boundaries, growing economic disparities, the waves of refugees and immigrants, civil wars, international terrorism, and the ultimate undoing of social solidarity.

[BIG SNIP]

The Panorama selection of films will include amongst others the moving Strike a Pose, by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan about the dancers who accompanied Madonna on her “Blond Ambition” tour, Roger Ross Williams ‘Life, Animated depicting the remarkable story of an autistic boy, who learned how to communicate with his surroundings through Disney films, Those Who Jump about an African refugee who films attempts by other refugees to jump the barbed wire border fence in North Africa and Louis Theroux: My Scientology Film.

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http://blogs.indiewire.com/sydneylevine/the-2016-docaviv-international-documentary-film-festival-new-world-disorder-20160511

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?41919-5-19-28-Docaviv-International-Documentary-Film-Festival-to-show-My-Scientology-Movie
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« Reply #35 on: May 26, 2016, 08:36:32 AM »

                                        Louis Theroux gets angry in this teaser for his upcoming Scientology film

Misleading headline !!!  idcb

http://www.her.ie/movies-tv/louis-theroux-gets-angry-teaser-upcoming-scientology-film/294471
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« Reply #36 on: May 28, 2016, 05:11:18 AM »

                                          Louis Theroux on My Scientology Movie

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« Reply #37 on: June 13, 2016, 08:23:20 AM »

                                                Sheffield Doc/Fest: Filmmaker Louis Theroux turns his focus to Scientology.

Sheffield Telegraph: Sheffield Doc/Fest: Filmmaker Louis Theroux turns his focus to Scientology
http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/what-s-on/sheffield-doc-fest-filmmaker-louis-theroux-turns-his-focus-to-scientology-1-7959725

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Filmmaker Louis Theroux spoke in Sheffield of his aim not to take 'cheap shots' at Scientology while making a new documentary about the controversial religion.

Talking during a Q&A session following a screening of the film, called My Scientology Movie, at the Sheffield Doc/Fest on Saturday, Theroux said exploring the subject was a 'special thing'.

The documentary, directed by John Dower, takes a novel approach, featuring scenes portrayed by actors playing senior members of the notorious organisation founded by the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard. Theroux was granted no access to Scientologists, and so turned to ex-devotees for help.

But he told an audience at the Showroom: "It was crucial that we should not be seen to be taking cheap shots at Scientology, because a lot of it is odd - but religion is by its very nature odd.

"I tried to interrogate our own methods as we went along and think 'Would we do this to the Anglican church or indeed Buddishm or, if you like, Islam?'

"We're all schooled, with Islam especially because of the current climate, to exercise sensitivity about the prophet Mohammed for example, and to what extent we think things outside the religion seem slightly unusual, but to actual believers seem deeply ingrained."


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http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?41537-My-Scientology-Movie-written-by-Louis-Theroux-to-show-at-Tribeca-Film-Festival/page6
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« Reply #38 on: June 13, 2016, 11:05:21 PM »

                              British Scientology Doc Maker Says Church Was "Worried He'd Get Hurt" After Threat by Member

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/british-scientology-doc-maker-says-902216
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« Reply #39 on: July 16, 2016, 09:38:15 PM »

                                   Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie: what we know so far

Read more: http://www.wow247.co.uk/2016/07/15/louis-therouxs-my-scientology-movie-what-we-know-so-far/#ixzz4EYxsg7LE
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« Reply #40 on: July 21, 2016, 03:54:27 AM »

                                                 HERE IT IS !!!!!!    WOW !!!


                            Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie - Official Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFjwfVCiefM
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« Reply #41 on: July 21, 2016, 10:41:49 PM »

                                             

                                              Louis Theroux Scientology doc to get cinema run in Oz

Louis Theroux's documentary about the Church of Scientology will have a limited cinema run in Australia after its screenings at the Melbourne ..



                    British provocateur's look at the Church of Scientology will open in September.

http://www.sbs.com.au/movies/article/2016/07/20/louis-theroux-scientology-doc-get-cinema-run-oz
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« Reply #42 on: July 25, 2016, 05:48:09 PM »

                                This Is How You Make a Scientology Movie with No Scientologists

And a lot of yelling.

http://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/videos/a46979/my-scientology-movie-trailer/


http://www.thedebrief.co.uk/news/celebrity/louis-theroux-new-my-scientology-movie-trailer-20160764284
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« Reply #43 on: August 03, 2016, 06:24:38 PM »

                                  REVIEW: ‘Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie’ Is A Hilariously Irreverent Triumph

http://thevine.com.au/entertainment/review-louis-therouxs-scientology-movie-hilariously-irreverent-triumph/


http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/movies/2016/08/03/louis-theroux-scientology-movie/
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« Reply #44 on: August 08, 2016, 11:39:18 PM »

                                                  'My Scientology Movie' is stranger than fiction




Bryan Seymour speaks to Louis Theroux about the documentary investigating the controversial religion.

LOUIS THEROUX: MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is in cinemas for one week only from September 8. Tickets can be purchased from: www.myscientologymovie.com.au

Louis Theroux's Australian Speaking Tour
http://www.louistherouxlive.com/



https://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/watch/32264959/my-scientology-movie-is-stranger-than-fiction/#page1
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