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Holy Hell

WILL ALLEN
USA, 2016
103 minutes, Color

A former altar boy, Will Allen sought knowledge church could not offer him: the answer to the question of why we are here. After film school, Allen joined the Buddhafield cult in California and took his camera with him. He earnestly filmed the group's activities over two decades—giving him plenty of material with which to illustrate this exposé of its charismatic leader, the Teacher (also known as Michel). Ecstatic doesn't begin to describe the experience of some 120 fresh-faced acolytes of Michel, an unlikely spiritual guru if ever there was one—a handsome dancer, bodybuilder, and, not surprisingly, failed actor and successful sexual manipulator). Allen's footage combined with testimony of Buddhafield survivors reveals the need Michel preyed on: a vulnerable young person's desire for "a direct experience of God." There are no godlike experts in this very personal film, only hapless adults who learned the hard way.—Various sources

Holy Hell

WILL ALLEN
USA, 2016
103 minutes, Color

A former altar boy, Will Allen sought knowledge church could not offer him: the answer to the question of why we are here. After film school, Allen joined the Buddhafield cult in California and took his camera with him. He earnestly filmed the group's activities over two decades--giving him plenty of material with which to illustrate this exposé of its charismatic leader, the Teacher (also known as Michel). Ecstatic doesn't begin to describe the experience of some 120 fresh-faced acolytes of Michel, an unlikely spiritual guru if ever there was one--a handsome dancer, bodybuilder, and, not surprisingly, failed actor and successful sexual manipulator). Allen's footage combined with testimony of Buddhafield survivors reveals the need Michel preyed on: a vulnerable young person's desire for "a direct experience of God." There are no godlike experts in this very personal film, only hapless adults who learned the hard way.--Various sources


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