Cults: choice or coercion

United States, 1979

Film
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Explores the legal, moral and emotional questions raised by contemporary cults. A young man who was indoctrinated into the Unification Church (Moonies) explains inside workings of the cult, and their parents give an account of the intervention and “deprogramming” of their son. Supplemented by interviews with Dr. Margaret Singer, who has done extensive research on cults and mind control.

Credits

production company

Motorola Teleprograms

CBS News

Duration

00:15:00:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1979

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

013721

Language

English

Subject categories

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Brainwashing

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cults

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Freedom of religion

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Sects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Unificationists

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Manipulative behavior

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Change (Psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Commitment (Psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Dependency (Psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Manipulative behavior

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Power (Psychology)

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Trust (Psychology)

History → Religions

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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