Saturday, March 13, 2010

To Verdener (Worlds Apart)

I just finished watching the Danish film To Verdener (Worlds Apart). It is based on the true story of a Danish girl raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, who is forced to choose between love and her faith when she falls in love with a non-believer. It is an incredibly accurate portrayal of life as a Jehovah's Witness and all the challenges that that entails, particularly as one faces a crisis of faith.

The film should be available for rent in the Foreign Films section of your local video store or you can buy it from Amazon. Watch it. Share it.

Here's the trailer:

I can't stop crying. Watching this film was like watching my life unfold on the screen. I've been in a really rough state as of late. As far as I get from the whole Jehovah's Witness experience, it becomes clearer and clearer to me over time that I will never be free of it. I wish I'd gotten out sooner.

I wish I'd gotten out sooner.

tall penguin


CyberLizard said...

I can't imagine having to go through something like that and having it stick with you so powerfully. *hugs* A good friend of mine on Twitter broke free from a family-led cult ( I would imagine there are a lot of similarities of experiences.

tall penguin said...

Thanks CL. Ya, it's strange how much of it still hides in the depths of my psyche. (By the way, I missed ya. Glad to see you back.)

Your Twitter friend has survived some pretty messed up shit as well. I'm finding more and more people with these bizarro cult upbringings. Which is sad in some ways (cults fucking suck) but good in others (glad so many of us are getting out and spreading the word about how much cults fucking suck). I hope that the internet will bring an end to many of these movements. Knowledge is power.

CyberLizard said...

Good to be back! I'm addicted to Twitter, so I'm trying to creep back into the blogosphere :-)

I think the internets are doing a good job of spreading that knowledge. Look at Scientology. It's going down the toilet, from what I can see. Of course, I'd like to see all cults (read: religions) go down the toilet ;-)

billp said...

You are right about the internet killing cults. It killed it for my family. Wikipedia was a great source for opening my wife's eyes. You can't hide from Beth Sarim or 607/587. Notice that the JWs and Mormons can't recruit in the developed world. Who in their right minds would sacrifice thousands of hours of their life and a ton of money without taking a look at the other side first. But it is true for all religions. Who can take the sacrament with an honest heart after finding out that honest hearted Egyptians ate of the flesh and drank of the blook of Osiris. "Know the truth and the truth will set you free [from religion]"