By Yoav Shamir • 2020 • • 1h26
What is the difference between a cult and a religion? Why is it easier for us to accept the story of a man who talked to a burning bush than it is to accept the story of a man who received a prophecy from extraterrestrials? Had there been documentaries about celebrated prophets made during their lifetimes, what kinds of uncomfortable secrets would’ve been revealed?
Upon receiving a mysterious invitation, award-winning director Yoav Shamir recruits one of the world’s leading historians of religion, Prof. Daniel Boyarin, as his mentor and sets off on a thought-provoking, humorous quest that takes Shamir from Rael’s beautiful home in Okinawa to his sleepy hometown in France; from the Raelians’ “pleasure hospital” in Burkina Faso to the growing Raelian communities in Asia, Europe and North America.
Chicago IFF 2020
Odessa IFF 2020
Fantasia FF 2020
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
« A surprisingly thoughtful documentary about faith and true believers » - Screen, Tim Grierson
« Rael makes for a jaw-dropping figure » - Cineuropa
« One can't deny the loony spectacle of the whole thing, and some scenes ... must be seen to be believed » - Boston Hassle
« Colourful, curious, thought-provoking and really funny » - CPH:DOX
Director: Yoav Shamir
Country: Israel, Austria, South Africa
Production year: 2020
Languages: English, French