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January 3, 2014
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It's always a gamble when you do an interview, especially if the interview is for a larger publication. You run the risk of having your words misinterpreted or, worse yet, having the interviewer present the information in such a way that demonizes you. However, when a production company representing National Geographic approached us last year, we thought we would at least entertain the idea of working with them. After talking with them about their ideas and motivation, we agreed to move forward with the project which would eventually air as an episode of National Geographic Taboo.

We are happy with the outcome of the episode as well as the positive response we have received from it. Take a few minutes when you can to watch the episode below and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

[media width="500" height="282" link="https://vimeo.com/83312499"]

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January 3, 2014
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Thanks so much for sharing. I've been waiting to see this as we haven't been able to get it in the UK.
So refreshing to have a documentary with a fairly accurate representation.

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January 3, 2014
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is there a link?

January 3, 2014
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"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 16, 2014
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I liked it overall, but I don't like how their primary focus was "seeking enlightenment through pain". I certainly don't think the pain has anything to do with my journey, and David even said straight out that he doesn't like pain, it's just something you have to deal with, but the narrator didn't seem to mind this negation of his assertion that the pain is the primary focus of the ritual. They had their little psych Dr making his assumptions about how people transcend the pain, but then he also had to go and point out that people are purposely seeking it out, all completely ignoring the fact that there's more to these rituals than pain. If people thought they could seek a higher level of spirituality through pain alone couldn't they make it simple and just slam their testicles in a door or something? Heh

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January 16, 2014
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Tiffany, I definitely see your point and share some of your sentiment. As I said before, it's a gamble whenever you give creative license to someone else; it lets them paint the picture however they wish. On the whole though, I believe the production company did a fair job, keeping in mind that this is a show for entertainment and aimed at the general population. I don't think the show alienated or demonized us, which was one of my biggest fears. Would I have done things a little different if I was the producer? Sure, but that's showbiz. :)

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January 21, 2014
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The truth of the matter is that it is very hard to moderate the media.  In the long run, they have creative control over things THEY produce.  Things we, as members, produce present things the way we exactly want them.  Although there were a few little hicups in the documentary (our section, at least), the crew was INCREDIBLY respectful, amazingly willing to LEARN about what they were portraying, and supportive of everything they saw.  I wish we could have cut the voice overs by the "professionals," as I think they understood the LEAST about what was going on, but it wasn't MY show.  ALL of that said, I think it turned out rather well, and I'm my own worst critic.  I'm proud of the practitioners who put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into the project, I'm proud of the film crew for being as incredibly kind as they were (any of you who were there know they were truly stand-up cats), and I'm proud of my Church, for letting us undertake this.  Any mistakes that were made, were made in post-production editing, which we have NO control over.  Those of you who enjoyed it or didn't enjoy it, brightest blessings on you ALL.

January 21, 2014
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Well I'm glad to hear you had a positive experience. That makes me feel a lot better about it. :)

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