Moonchild

United States, 1981

Film
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A dramatised re-enactment of the methods used by the Reverend Keith Moon’s Unification Church to brainwash young people into joining the church and carrying out its work. Actual ex-members of the group, who have now been deprogrammed, appear in the film as themselves, providing a frightening portrayal of their gradual conversion to the philosophy of the Moonies. Shows the deprogramming methods used by ex-Moonies on young people who still adhere to the beliefs of Keith Moon. An excellent insight into the power of group psychology, highlighting how vulnerable and aimless people can be easily controlled and exploited when removed from such support groups as family and friends. Suitable for upper secondary level.

Credits

production company

Anne Makepeace Productions

producer/director

Anne Makepeace

Duration

00:49:03:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1981

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

015438

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Belief and doubt

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Brainwashing

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cults

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Exploitation - Psychological aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Power (Philosophy)

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social psychology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Unificationists

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Exploitation - Psychological aspects

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Manipulative behavior

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

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

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

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Mind control

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

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Social psychology

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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