Who could forget that very entertaining thread some weeks ago courtesy of our local Kenja cultists, well Dendy are going to screen the award winning Doco made by Melissa Maclean who will be there in person afterwards for a Q&A session. But be prepared to be harassed by the local followers on the day no doubt handing out pamphlets and the like “telling the truth”.
Hopscotch Entertainment in conjunction with Dendy Cinemas presents a special screening of
BEYOND OUR KEN (M) + Q&A
A documentary giving a rare glimpse into controversial Australian training organisation KENJA Communications. Filmmaker Melissa Maclean will introduce the film, which was cited at the 2008 Hot Docs Festival as ”a stunning portrait of life in a modern cult”.
There will be a Q&A with Melissa after the screenings.
TICKETS ONSALE NOW
Dendy Cinemas Canberra
2pm, Saturday 30th August
(02) 6221 8900
Ticket prices $15/$12
Throughout its 25 year history KENJA has frequently defended itself against claims, leveled by the families of attendees and the Australian media, that it is a secretive cult.
There have been allegations of sexual abuse from former attendees and the much publicized story of Cornelia Rau has also been linked to KENJA.
In 2006 filmmakers Luke Walker & Melissa Maclean were granted unrestricted access to KENJA’s spiritual involvement centre to record the daily activities and driving
philosophy behind KENJA. Interviews with past and present attendees detail their experiences of the organisation and founders Ken and Jan candidly discuss their
lives and motivations for establishing KENJA.
Beyond Our Ken is a compelling documentary exploring the anatomy and ambiguity of the ‘cult’ enigma which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival in
2007 (taking the No. 3 spot in the Audience Awards) two weeks after controversial founder Ken Dyers took his own life amid allegations of sexual abuse at the organisation.
It was also selected for Hot Docs in Toronto in 2008.
BEYOND OUR KEN will be released on DVD by Hopscotch Entertainment on 18th September 2008