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Orientation: A Scientology Information Film (1996)

An introduction and overview to Scientology.


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Credited cast:
Norman Starkey ...
Himself (Hubbard Estate Trustee)


An introduction and overview to Scientology.

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Welcome to the new world of Scientology See more »


Documentary | Short





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13 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Audiences are sometimes required to sign confidentiality agreements before viewing the film. See more »


Plumbing Contractor: With Scientology I'm able to push through any barriers I come across, on my job or in life.
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"Persons appearing in this video are thanked for their contribution which was solely in the form of acting and not as technical nor editorial assistance." (No one is credited or identified by name except for L. Ron Hubbard, Norman Starkey, and the production company.) See more »


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Mikey Likes It!
5 November 2001 | by (NYC, NY) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a remarkable little film. It won't win Oscars, but these guys pull no punches. I lost my once-strong interest in philosophy at college when Nietzsche and Schiller and Sartre (Oh, my!) seemed to orbit endlessly around word games inside of unreal hypotheticals inside of self adulation (or flagellation). If I wanted to make a film about layoffs in Dearborn or dot-com geniuses, they were no help in deciding whether to, which to, or why to.

Orientation seems to present Scientology (and maybe I'll find out someday) as an action-oriented philosophy. (Dead French philosophers are now cursing Monsieur Hubbard, I can tell. One's actions? Guided by philosophy? Quelle horror!) The film showed plenty of different people, famous and not so, who had benefitted from Scientology. These guys seriously want to do something useful with their lives, and Scientology seems to be the way they have found to carry out that desire. Of course, the actors in the film were scripted and rehearsed, but I thought they evinced a sincerity that pushed right through the screen. We've all seen the 2-dimensional infomercial cut-out housewives and hail fellows. This is a very "real" bunch of people in the film.

My friend asked me how I could believe the actors because they were all Scientologists. Wouldn't they just be saying things to get you to like their religion? So I asked him why, with a hundred other religions, and presumably a few other careers available to them, these people would become Scientologists and spend their entire working days working at it as a profession in the first place? Go back a few years in their lives and ask what changes had Scientology wrought in their lives that made them choose it in the first place?

I watch for sloppy edits and bad transitions in TV all the time and found none here. Unlike lots of short films, its focuses were sharp, and the sound wasn't echoic or hollow. I liked the guy who tackled head-on why some people criticize Scientology. Overall, it was a good film. I bought a book. So far, Hubbard is more understandable -- and productive! -- than Hegel.

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