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Deprogrammed (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 April 2015 (Canada)
Deprogrammed chronicles Ted 'Black Lightning' Patrick's rise as the notorious 'Father of Deprogramming'.


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Balavanta Das Balavanta Das ... Hare Krishna devotee (archive footage)
Hridayananda Das Goswami Hridayananda Das Goswami ... Hare Krishna leader (archive footage)
Ted Patrick Ted Patrick ... Self


DEPROGRAMMED chronicles Ted 'Black Lightning' Patrick's anti-cult crusade. His practice of 'deprogramming', also known as 'reverse brainwashing', started in the early 1970s and quickly snowballed into a vast underground movement composed of concerned parents, ex-cultist-turned-deprogrammers and some sympathetic law-enforcers whose mission was to physically and mentally remove individuals from 'cults'. Written by Eyesteel Film

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The ends justifying the means?
12 December 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary is about Ted Patrick, a man who originated cult deprogramming. However, unlike many deprogrammers his approach was active...and illegal in many cases. So, while parents claimed that their children were being held captive by various cults, Patrick abducting these 'kids' (most were legally adults) and forcing them to undergo his 'deprogramming' was in many ways the same behavior as the cults. The film interviews him, his secretary, various parents and folks who went through his deprogramming. As for the latter group, they give Patrick a very mixed set of reviews. Some are, in hindsight, very thankful for his intervention while others are still furious at him.

If you are looking for very clear answers about cult deprogramming, you won't find them here. Instead, the film offers both sides of the argument (which I appreciate) and lets the viewer decide what to think about this radical practice. Worth seeing.

By the way, one thing the documentary only glossed over very quickly is the way Scientology uses lawsuits, nuisance lawsuits and threats to silence critics. For more on that, try the film "Going Clear".

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