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One off screening of Kenja Cult documentary at Dendy

By Amalek - 30 July 2008 17

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.

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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

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17 Responses to
One off screening of Kenja Cult documentary at Dendy
Overheard 8:26 am 01 Aug 08

DancingQueen said :

That film is a piece of propaganda filth that would make Goebbels blush. Anyone who sees it should get counseling.

Good luck with the counselling, Dancing Queen. Admitting your problem is the first step.

Bundybear 12:09 am 01 Aug 08

So Dancing Queen, I take it you’ve seen the film in order to criticise it so strongly. Who undertook your counselling, may we ask? Care to back up your statistics? How do you know who goes to church? And finally where’s the criticism someone dared to level?

Granny 12:03 am 01 Aug 08

Yup! I dare, and I’m about to need a good session of counseling too. *hehe*

johnboy 11:50 pm 31 Jul 08

Well there’s your questions answered.

Not Kenja approved at all.

DancingQueen 11:23 pm 31 Jul 08

That film is a piece of propaganda filth that would make Goebbels blush. Anyone who sees it should get counseling. One third of catholic priests have admitted to molesting a child, yet you still go to church, and yet you dare criticize this group!

Granny 3:12 pm 31 Jul 08

I love a good ruckus.

: )

jakez 10:14 am 31 Jul 08

If there’s going to be a ruckus I hope I’m working that day.

New Yeah 9:30 am 31 Jul 08

The director was on Radio Nash last night and had a good chat about her film. http://www.abc.net.au/rn/australiatalks/stories/2008/2318008.htm
She was able to get her foot in the door by promising an even-handed approach to making the documentary.

Absent Diane 8:47 am 31 Jul 08

yep they did acsend but they realised it was really boring so they came back to annoy the sh*t out of everyone a little more.

Thumper 8:21 am 31 Jul 08

Haven’t this mob all died yet or at least ascended into heaven…

lionelvioletguyandsl 2:08 am 31 Jul 08

So this is what the Dendy does on slow, cold nights? Invites the cults in?

We can’t wait till it’s Manson Family evening.

johnboy 12:14 am 31 Jul 08

Now THAT’S a movie night!

Granny 12:11 am 31 Jul 08

Thanks, Jonathon. Now you’ve got me all curious about Gung ju fuk sau gei, which sounds like a cross between triple x, martial arts and sausages.

; )

Jonathon Reynolds 11:35 pm 30 Jul 08

The official website for the film is here: http://www.beyondourken.com.au/ (not to be confused with the film “Gung ju fuk sau gei” (2004) that comes up when you search for “Beyond Our Ken” on the Internet Movie Database – IMDb)

There appears to be an reasonably impartial review with further links from a page on the “Cult Information and Family Support Inc.” website: http://www.cifs.org.au/leaflets.php

From what I can gather reading articles online – it appears that Kenja supporters are not too happy with this documentary.

Granny 10:48 pm 30 Jul 08

So if Kenja granted the filmmakers unrestricted access is it likely to be a ‘pro-Kenja’ film?

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