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Sunday, November 15, 2015
Mental Health Film Night: Deprogrammed - Vancouver, BC
The Institute of Mental Health, UBC Department
of Psychiatry and The Cinémathèque present:
November 18, 2015 - 7:30pm Canada 2015. Dir: Mia Donovan. 90 min.
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! In the 1970s, the youthful search for
meaning could often land you in a cult. As membership in the Moonies, the
Children of God, the Christ Family, the Love Family, the Hare Krishnas, and
others increased, so too did panic amongst middle-class parents, reaching a
fever pitch with the 1978 Jonestown massacre. Into this maelstrom stepped
deprogramming expert Ted “Black Lightning” Patrick, “a 10th-grade drop-out with
a PhD in common sense.” Patrick's “reverse brainwashing” methods were
unorthodox, if not plainly criminal, involving as they did kidnapping, forced
confinement, repetitive interrogations, and sleep deprivation. Mia Donovan
(Inside Lara Roxx) raises questions of the rights of the individual and free
will in this fascinating documentary, which features interviews with the now
84-year-old (and unrepentant) Patrick, never-before-seen archival footage of
deprogramming sessions, and current interviews with former cult members, some
grateful for Patrick’s interventions, some not.
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discussion with Dale Beyerstein, the Chair of the Philosophy
Department at Langara College. Dale has also taught philosophy at Malaspina
College, Douglas College, Kwantlen College and UBC. He is a founding member of
the BC Skeptics, and a director-at-large of the organization.
by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of
Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.