Which is about a group of people who accepted an invitation to join a cult, and found themselves caught up in a strange game, art project, pseudo-civil war being waged in the streets and back alleys of San Francisco.
Laura Poitras documented her interactions Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, in the weeks before his leaked info about NSA surveillance made world headlines. It’s about that, but also a biopic about Snowden, filmed on the assumption that he was most likely not going to be able to elude arrest, and if so this would likely be his only chance to explain his reasoning to the public.
About Harold Camping, and his prediction that the world would end on May 21st, 2011, specifically, but also about apocalypticism in general. What is the appeal to those who want to believe such a prediction might be right, and how do they recover after it becomes clear that they’ll have to go on living.
About outsider artist Henry Darger, who lived a reclusive life, and only after he had died was it discovered that he had written the world’s longest piece of fiction. The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the
Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child
Slave Rebellion…, which weighs in at a hefty 15,000 pages. He wrote a number of other books as well, including his autobiography, and several hundred paintings, all of which he kept in complete secrecy, never showing them to anyone.
[9 years old] is asking my mom wide-eyedly about the Rapture, and if its actually happening, and what this all means. I just walked by and overheard her sitting with Mom at the table and reading passages from the bible that talk about the rapture. Of COURSE this is a perfect time to push a little more indoctrination on the youngers, right Ma?
My Mother, my friggin oblivious mother is giving a young impressionable already-displaying-tendancies-of-disorders 9 year old THE BIBLE as reassurance. As long as she prays and is god fearing. My little sister doesnt need that. What she ACTUALLY asking is "Mom, your my Mom, make me feel safe and tell me its going to be ok?“ and should be reassured that there is no need to be paralized in fearmongering and to enjoy each moment cause the world could end ANY day, not just today, and could happen in MANY ways, not just our mother’s religious christ character coming back to save the popular group and leave the rest to rot in the hell that supposedly will now become earth, now that we do not have religious zeliots who judge anything that does not think like them - occupying spaces next to us.
Instead she is being read passages from a book that is not only several thousand years old, but also has been translated and retranslated and misinterpreted and smuggled through centuries of book burnings and re-writings by power hungry kings.. that ENCOURAGE the fear of this rapture as the SOLE thing that we have to worry about ending our world.. and it enfuriates me.
It especially enfuriates me because I was alive the last time this guy prophecied.. Which I only just realized and remembered. I was close to Julia’s age at the time. In 1994? And I remember listening to the radio in the car on the way back from the store and hearing the man noncholantly tell the listeners that the end of the world could be today- the rapture, yatta yatta and I was TERRIFIED. _I_ didnt know what I do now. I was raised in a VERY strict religious houseold at the time, (until my mom flip-flopped YET again..) and I firmly believed in fear all the things that my mother would tell me about god and the way that the world worked. Naturally I kept asking about it and Mom read me the same parts of the scripture that she is reading Julia right now..
The part that stuck the most was the part about the sky opening up in all its glory and intensity and it being firey & possibly brimstoning and then you’d hear the trumpet’s call. Mom told me, in the fashion that worn out mothers would, that I need to be perfectly good and pray every day and make sure I do what he would want otherwise I will get left in hell on earth.
My brother and I spent the whole rest of the day praying. My stomache was in clutches. I was a very bad girl, I knew that, even if no one else knew what I had done, I did and god did and I was sure I was going to be left behind.
That Day the sunset was the most striking I had seen in my five or six years- the most firey intense oranges and peaches and golds. Mom told us that it could be god’s sun coming back, but it was definately god’s beauty. Instead of enjoying the beauty of the moment, I was cold with fear and spent the rest of the night straining for the sounds of a trumpet calling.
Ohk. This whole deal with the May 21st 2011 ending of the world shit is completely asinine and ridiculous. The leaders of this “movement” are causing mass hysteria worldwide with false claims of rapture based on evidence that uses symbolic meanings to justify dates given in a document written over 2000 years ago. It’s complete bullshit. I can’t believe there are people out there who are educated and dumb enough to fall for this. The leader of this little movement is a complete manipulatory asshole who’s tricking the weak minded or faint of heart into spreading the word on a fictional event using their life’s savings. What is this shit.