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This brave documentary is that rare piece of art that both changes history and saves lives. The filmmakers _ all of them _ put their lives, reputations and careers on the line to inform Americans that a "lifestyle" foreign to our beliefs and morals has been allowed to flourish in this country virtually untouched. It is both a warning that a cult of this nature can sprout up in our midst and attract misguided followers, and a clarion call, at long last, for justice. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy, if some of use are not free, none of us is _ and the people of this sect, especially the children and the young women, are far from free. Huge, profitable news organizations and law enforcement authorities shunned taking action against this sect, and along came a woman and her friends who have put together a powerhouse film that says this injustice cannot and should not be ignored any longer. Now that mainstream news agencies and state and federal attorneys have "discovered" what's going on, and grabbing all the credit as they go, it is important to remember that this film started the ball rolling. It serves as a reminder that a lone, determined voice can still make a difference in this country.
Banking on Heaven goes way beyond anything I've seen on the news about
polygamy in the U.S. This story tells about the inside workings and the
real people in Colorado City, AZ, not just the sensational atrocities
seen on TV. The filmmakers obviously went to great length & risk to
tell all sides of the story. The main character, who has suffered and
been betrayed by the cult's leader, Warren Jeffs (on the FBI's 10 Most
Wanted list). is a real heart-breaker.
The film points out the responsibility of lawmakers, fraudsters within the religion, and the Mormon church, which goes by the same scriptures as the polygamists, but refuses to help them. A must-see for anyone interested in cults and abuse.
Banking on Heaven is about the horrors of polygamy in Colorado City, Arizona where women as young as thirteen are forced into marriages with older men. You have seen the images lately as the siege in El Dorado, Texas at the other compound separated the children from their mothers who look like Laura Ingalls Wilder. First, the women are bred and born into this religion and believe what the prophet or leader has told them about the outside world. The women and children are equally suffering enough in the polygamist lifestyle while their husbands reap the benefits of a patriarchal system from another time and era. It's hard to believe that this is still going on in America but it is. As we hear about the children being ripped apart by their mothers who are as clueless in El Dorado, Texas, polygamy must be stopped more vigilantly even with the banned in the Mormon Church. The Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints or FLDS believe that all others are gentiles even Mormons. I fear another Jonestown and if gay marriage (which I support) gets legalized that it would open the door to the legalization of polygamy. Laurie Allen does a remarkable job but it's not enough. This film should have won an Oscar. It should have been more publicized. Maybe because it's in our backyard, maybe Americans want the romanticized view of polygamy like in the show, Big Love. That's Hollywood! This is real. There is abuse of all sorts here. When you hear the former wives and mothers especially Ruth Cooke who was forced into exile because she wanted to save her daughter from sexual abuse and was placed in a mental hospital. On the streets, strangers such as beggars became her unlikely support. I found it interesting that the cast is not listed here. British born Arizona State Senator Linda Bader was in for awakening. We must not forget that the women and children are born and bred into this patriarchal dictatorship in America's backyard. The members are completely brainwashed as in Waco and Jonestown. Laurie Allen has first-hand experience. I admire her courage to bring polygamy to the forefront. Documentaries don't make money unless you're Michael Moore. This documentary was a labor of love for Laurie Allen and everybody involved. It should have won an Academy Award or have been nominated. They risked their lives to get the remarkable footage of the closed insular community of Colorado City, Arizona.
Based on Heaven is a film which was made for people who didn't know polygamy cults existed. And that would be who? OK, I'll be fair here. This expose of polygamy cults, down in Colorado City and (gee what a surprise) Utah, isn't REALLY all that surprising, though it inserts some amusing bits here and there. This film mainly focuses on the women that escaped, or kicked out of the polygamous communities, and they of course tell their stories. Of course, as you know, they were slaves, baby factories, etc etc. Again nothing really new. I only wished they spent more time on the boys and men who were kicked out of the communities (because of course, they provide more competition for the men who have plenty of wives already to acquire more), then to focus on the umpteenth shot of children born to polygamous parents running like hell from strangers because they're taught that those people are the spawn of Satan (which is true lol)
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