Obscurantist and His Lineage or The Pyramids' Tearful Valleys 2011
Karel Vachek's documentary essay deals with the fine line between an internal belief in God and institutionalized religion. At the same time it brings up the need for a healthy sense of skepticism and the benefit of not believing in anything that advertises itself as certain. The filmmaker sets out for the USA, Japan, Great Britain, Poland, and the Balkans in his sometimes amusing investigation of spiritual substitutes, such as esoteric "teachings" or various fraudulent and magical practices, to which we sometimes fall prey due to our natural religious cravings. In addition to a Czech "prefab" family, who describe the carryings-on of their poltergeist, well-known mystery buffs appear in the film: Erich von Daniken, Raymond Moody Jr., and Ivan Mackerl. Director Vachek, however, uses no irony or ridicule, and although his position of skepticism in the film is clear, he is quick to point out surprising correspondences between the newest scientific hypotheses and the most ancient religious texts.

Whilst Brno welcomes Pope Benedict XVI. and Barack Obama is promising a world without nuclear arms in Prague, the members of the Academy of Sciences are protesting by the National Theatre, and ghosts appear nearby in the basement of the Film and Photography Academy (FAMU), Egon Bondy mulls over the principle of God in the binary system, Raymond A. Moody lectures about life after life, governments use the media and the intelligence services to keep secret the existence of a UFO and a lady member of a Czech Tai-chi club is being subjected to remote astral torture by the Chinese...

Director: Karel Vachek
Cast: Karel Vachek, Pope Benedict XVI, Egon Bondy, Barack Obama
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 03:20:30 | 7.74 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Genre: Documentary, Mystery

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