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An interactive documentary exploring the mindset behind indoctrination into cults and extremist groups.

2016 Dpt.,Mia Donovan
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“Deprogrammed is a meditative virtual walk through the mental worlds of a former member of the Unification Church, a skinhead and a jihadist.”

Mia Donovan, Author

Deprogrammed  is an interactive web documentary that is based on the spoken testimonies of three former cult and extremist group followers. As the user journeys through deserted landscapes, s/he listens to the experiences of a former member of the Unification Church, a skinhead, and an Islamist extremist. The user can move forward by using keyboard buttons, and look around with the help of the mouse. The minimalism of the user interaction accentuates the audio further, making visible the parallels between the experiences of three individuals — such as the universal need for belonging and the fear that arises from its lack.

Deprogrammed  has a VR iteration which was awarded the 2016 IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling. Mia Donovan also directed a feature documentary with the same name which explores the rise of Ted ‘Black Lightning’ Patrick’s deprogramming technique and anti-cult crusade.

Project at a Glance :

Language : EN
Country : Canada
Year : 2016
Author : Dpt.,Mia Donovan
Producer : Dpt.,Eyesteelfilm
Team : Bob Moore,David Drury,Guillaume Tomasi,Mathieu Leger,Romain Ronflette
Developers : Dpt.
Designers : Dpt.
Exhibition Venues : IDFA DocLab
Awards & Nominations : IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
Budget Range : $75K
Funders AND Incubators : Canada Media Fund,Super Channel
Trailer :

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