1. In Part 2 you get to know the four people who joined cults and learn of their circumstances at the time of joining.

    You meet Tore, a lonely traveller who met an extraordinarily friendly bunch of people in Amsterdam. Tore was overwhelmed by the attention and love he felt from the other group members. When he was asked by two women to move in with them, he did so.

    You meet Matt, a married man, whose wife had just given birth to a sick baby. Both exhausted, they sought help from their family doctor who advised them to visit a nearby christian group for some respite care. His wife was immediately attracted to the friendly people she met.

    You meet Bevin, who had just landed in Australia from New Zealand wanting a fresh start. He and his newly formed band attend a clowning workshop to learn some stage skills. He is immediately attracted to the charismatic and workshop leader he meets.

    And you meet Emma, new to the city and far from her home, family and friends. From a chance encounter with a friendly person on the street who asks the time to an invitation to a movie night with some committed Christians, she was impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the people she meets.

    This educational DVD can be purchased through Ronin Films roninfilms.com.au. A study guide accompanies the DVD.

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  2. In Part 3, you find out about what happened to each person once they joined their respective cults. You hear how groups use love and attention to pull new members in further and create immediate social bonds. You also learn how cults use hypnotic techniques and peer pressure to change their members' behaviour and belief systems.

    In this excerpt you find out how cult activities induced a state of trance in their followers, rendering them open to mind control.

    This educational documentary can be purchased through Ronin Films http://www.roninfilms.com.au

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  3. n Part 4, you learn of the struggle each person went through in order to leave the cult they were in.

    Tore is sent to India to do missionary work with his wife and family. Following a disagreement on a minor point of scripture he is kicked out of the group with no money to get home. Matt makes a friend in Canada and starts to ask difficult questions that the cult leaders cannot answer. He is kicked out but his wife decides to stay. Bevin hears some disturbing news about some 'seedy' activities in the cult and leaves taking his family with him. Emma is tricked into speaking to a cult counsellor on a trip home for Chrismas. During the intervention she starts to see her group for what it really is.

    This documentary can be purchased through Ronin Films http://www.roninfilms.com.au

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  4. In Part 5, you learn how the universal longing to return to the state of 'the child' with a god-like parent leaves us all vulnerable to cults.

    Matt and Tore have trouble adjusting to life outside and Bevin talks of how his views of his cult experience changed over time. Emma however, decides to go back and try to change things in the group. She is denounced in church for being the 'daughter of Satan'.

    We meet the young woman again. She is approached by a young man who invites her to a free lecture on happiness. She is tempted to go but a search on the internet throws up some information that makes her think twice.

    This educational documentary can be purchased through Ronin Films http://www.roninfilms.com.au

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  5. In Part 1 you learn about some famous cults and one very famous political cult of the 20th century. You learn what a cult is and how some people become cult leaders. With reference to three notorious cults and the research into how the mind works in social situations you learn that no one is immune to being influenced by others. You meet three cult experts: Steven Hassan a cult counsellor and author, Louise Samways, a clinical and health psychologist and David Millikan a Uniting Church Minister.

    You also meet a young woman who is curious about cults but thinks only the weak or stupid join them. Samways and Millikan point out that this is a myth – normal people join cults too! Finally you are introduced to four people who joined cults: Tore, Bevin, Matt and Emma.

    This educational DVD can be purchased through Ronin Films roninfilms.com.au. A study guide accompanies the DVD.

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