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A Man Called God (2013) ( Documentary) 2014 San Diego Black Film Festival

"A Fanatical Cult, Fifty Million Followers, One American Family, An Epic Tragedy..."


'A Man Called God' (2013) - 2014 SD Black Film Festival) (Trailer below)

Documentary, 107 mins., USA/India, Dir. Christopher St. John


An American family trapped in a horrifying cult, led by a man that 50 million people call God. What they uncovered was anything but godly…

A 'Man Called God', is a full length documentary, from the visionary mind of Emmy Award winning Actor, Producer, Writer, Kristoff St. John and directed by Blaxpoitation Icon, Christopher St John. In this unique, compelling documentary filmed over thirty years ago, the St John family embarks on a spiritual journey from Los Angeles, California to Southern India to search for God. They find ‘God’ living in a remote village, surrounded by thousands of mesmerized followers. Heralded as an Avatar or a God Man, Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba is one of India’s most prolific gurus in India today. With a fan base of 50 Million people worldwide, Sai Baba performs modern day miracles; Healing the sick and diseased, materializing solid objects out of the air.

The St John family, Christopher, Maria and 14 year old Kristoff are slowly swallowed up by Sai Baba and his cult as they participate in the spiritual daily ‘Ashram’ routine, documenting on film their treacherous visit. The cult eventually overwhelms the family, with Sai Baba revealing his demonic thirst for pedophilia and other evils.  A lair of lies, deceit, secrecy, sexual deviancy and murder, all under the unsuspecting banner of A MAN CALLED GOD. A family deceived and destroyed, by the largest modern day cult, thriving globally today.


Also playing with this feature will be the short 'Living & Loving in the Moment'

Drama, Short, 20 mins., USA, 2013;  Dir. Jonathan A. Lewis.

A loving father receives devastating news before his sons 18th birthday and learns to live and love in the moment


Event Host: Robb

When and Where: We'll meet in the lobby at 3:00pm and head to our seats at 3:05pm.  The films start at 3:30pm

Tickets: General Admission: $10.00  Click here to Purchase Tickets

After the Film: We might swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLN8fChSMis


Click Here to go to the 2014 San Diego Black Film Festival Site

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure what others thought I walked out with about 40 minutes to go. To me it seemed like a bunch of scripted random thoughts thrown together and called a movie. It didn't seem like a documentary at all.

    February 1, 2014

    • Robb

      I actually really enjoyed it. I do agree though that it was much more of a cathartic project for Christopher St. John, and his personal need for being honest with the universe about what he went through, versus being created with any in-depth focus. However...I still enjoyed the "topic", getting to see some pretty awesome vintage India footage and I actually very much enjoyed some of the visual and audio editing choices. I also found it fairly astonishing that beyond some possible news stories somewhere in the back of my memories, I haven't heard much about this following/cult over the years. I'm really interested to now see the 2004 BBC documentary, 'The Secret Swami', that was done on Sai Baba and his following and some of the allegations made by folks over the years.

      February 2, 2014

    • Robb

      Oh - but I completely agree on how bad it was for the film to end with that self-congratulatory epilogue. That is some really bad form. lol.

      February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oops! I went to UA theaters. On my way over.

    February 1, 2014

  • Kevin

    Chickening out... With an event beforehand, not sure I'll be on time. Tell me how it went on Sunday; I _will_ be there to find out if the man who is tall is happy.

    January 31, 2014

    • Robb

      Ok Kevin. Sorry. But see you tomorrow! :)

      1 · February 1, 2014

  • Robb

    I Hope everyone's been having a great week! Info for the film:

    ~Time~
    The movie starts at 3:30pm but since this is a festival film, and could be busy, we'll meet in the lobby at 3:00pm and head to our seats at 3:05pm. If you don't make it by 3:00pm...no problem. Just look for us in the theater.

    ~Parking~
    I believe Park-it-on-Market (6th and Market) is $1-an-hour on weekend days...but it definitely isn't on weekend nights. Horton Plaza is also an option. They offer 3 hours of free parking with their self-validation machines. Just remember to actually get your ticket validated and watch the time carefully. If you don't make it back within 3 hours...the lot is $8 an hour for every additional hour.

    ~Tickets~
    Since this is a festival film...it could be packed or it could be dead. I suggest you buy your ticket ahead of time...so you don't take the chance of getting shut out. Click here for Tickets: http://www.sdbff.com/film-ticket-sales.html#God

    See everyone at the theater!

    ~Robb

    January 30, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      How do i meet you..find you..are you a part of this great film?? use [masked] or [masked]-8326. we share a lot in common..raphael davidgabriel

      January 31, 2014

    • Robb

      DavidGabriel - We'll be in the lobby prior to showtime. No...I'm not involved in the film...I'm the founder and organizer of this group. :)

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a big fan of documentaries. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · January 19, 2014

    • Robb

      Looking forward to meeting you, Lisa!

      January 29, 2014

    • Robb

      I'm a huge doc fan as well, Lisa...so you'll see my posting docs here as often as good ones come up. I've posted a few for the upcoming SD Jewish Film Festival as well, that look fantastic. ;)

      January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello

    January 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I bring my 11 year old child?

    January 18, 2014

    • Robb

      Hey, Marisol! From a meetup perspective, absolutely. I can't speak for what's in the film as I've never seen it but definitely, otherwise! The only limitation would be the after-conversation...if it ends up at a bar...etc. Looking forward to meeting you...and your child! ;)

      January 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Robb. See you all soon.(:

      1 · January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello

    1 · January 18, 2014

    • Robb

      Hello, Marisol!

      January 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Robb.

      January 18, 2014

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