In summer 2015, Manuel - a student of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main - did a field research in a community of the religious movement "Twelve Tribes", commonly known as a brutal and dangerous cult.
His aim was to examine the relation between this special "self-established" culture and the religious characteristics of the group. To that end, he stayed in one of their communes for about eight weeks, in a remote town at the foot of the Catskill Mountains in the state of New York, USA.
He documented his stay with a video camera. The resulting footage was cut short into the film "Twelve Tribes Project". This production is a document of dread - a shocking insight into a world of violence, deep in the heart of evil. Or not.
Note: This text does not necessarily give an accurate representation of the film it introduces and/or the religious group "Twelve Tribes". For more information please watch the film.
A film by Manuel Steinert
Running time: 95 min.
Release year: 2015
Original format: Digital 1080p/50fps
Premiere: 4. Marburg International Ethnographic Film Festival 2015 „One With A Movie Camera“ (11/01/15)
All recordings in this film were made with the consent of the shown or concerned persons.
This film was not produced on behalf of the religious community "Twelve Tribes". Also no influence was exercised on the content and the intention of the film by their members.
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