Posted: Mar 03, 2015 8:54 pm
by orpheus
This is a related video - including the same woman but also other members and her family.

An hour long, fascinating, and hard to stomach. But there are two brief moments that I find both utterly terrifying and incomparably sad:

14:35 - 14:53. "That kind of thing, and other similar things - natural disasters - it's gonna get more and worse, and it's gonna be so awesome." (emphasis mine) Theroux (the interviewer) doesn't pick up on this. I wish he had, because that, to me, is the most chilling aspect of their conversation: that she looks forward with relish to the destruction of the world.

26:50 - 29:00. The children. This speaks for itself, and it is so, so sad.

I must say that in a lot of this documentary, I think Louis Theroux misses opportunities. He tries to argue with them, to show them how they're wrong. Most of the time this gets a predictable result: they simply dig in their heels. There was no chance of him changing their minds or getting them to admit the craziness of their beliefs and actions. And he did not need to point out to us their craziness. It's obvious to the viewer. Therefore it would have been so much better if he had he taken a completely different approach: don't argue with them; don't try to reason with them; don't try to get them to admit anything wrong about their beliefs and behaviors. Instead, simply ask them questions, follow the conversation where they lead it, and above all, refrain from judgment, argument, or anything they would feel as confrontational. Take them as they are, draw them out, and try honestly to understand their mind-set. They'd reveal much more that way, and that would have been fascinating.