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Incomparable British broadcaster Louis Theroux is hilariously provocative in his first feature documentary, “Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie”, created in collaboration with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award® winning producer Simon Chinn. Following a long fascination with the religion, and with a lot of experience dealing with eccentric human behaviour, Theroux won’t take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology’s Los Angeles headquarters is turned down…
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s controversial “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God” investigates the endemic sexual abuse of minors within the Catholic Church.
Beginning on the 14th of April, the highly anticipated Tribeca Film Festival will run for 11 days, highlighting some of the world’s best upcoming independent features and documentaries.
Academy Award nominated Best Documentary, WACO: The Rules of Engagement addresses conspiracies behind the Waco siege (Feb-April 1993) involving an unorthodox Christian group – The Branch Davidians, US Federal/Texan state law enforcement and the US military. The film goes back to the shootouts and the 51 day standoff including the fire that destroyed the compound in which 76 people died including charismatic leader David Koresh.
Alex Gibney, one of the most important documentary directors of our time, has fascinated audiences for years with films such as Freakonomics and the Oscar Award-winning Taxi to the Dark Side. But Going Clear is Gibney’s latest bombshell that has people talking. As an in-depth investigation into group psychology and cult abuse within the Church of Scientology, Going Clear is astonishing in its salacious detail. From the notorious ‘auditing’ and the crazy ramblings of the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard to details of the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman divorce, Gibney opens up the mystery surrounding this aggressive and paranoid organisation and analyses the roles played by star Scientologists, Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
In this wonderful documentary, we get to follow the incredible 90 Sister Loyola Galvin as she serves the small community of Island Bay, Wellington. Her daily tasks include heavy lifting alongside vigorous spade and wheelbarrow work, which she sometimes performs on crutches. Loyola and the other Sisters of Compassion follow the vision of Mother Aubert to ‘meet the needs of the oppressed and powerless in their communities.
Filmmaker Pan Nalin (Samsara) travels to Kumbh Mela in India, one of the world’s most extraordinary religious events. There, he encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma; to embrace the world or to renounce it.
Beloved of the bereft and abandoned Father Bob Maguire the irreverent philosopher and working class hero eschews the collar and piousness of his own religion. For almost 40 years he has fought courageously to protect troubled youth immersed in a culture of crime, drugs and violence by opening the doors to his parish, the presbytery, and his own pockets, offering a stable place from where they can begin a new life.