May 6, VIFF Centre, 7:30pm | May 12, the Cinematheque, 8:30pm
A deep dive into the origins of the Satanic Panic of the 80s, Satan Wants You shines the spotlight on the bestselling book Michelle Remembers; the result of Michelle Smith and her therapist Lawrence Pazder “recovering” the former’s memories of alleged enslavement by a satanic cult in Victoria.
The documentary presents the snowball effect of misinformation being accepted as truth by a fearful society, the motives of those spreading conspiracies, and the life-changing consequences that result. While it might be easy to look back now and laugh at the absurdity of baby-eating satanic cults, Satan Wants You offers the frustrating realization that we may not have collectively grown much (if at all) in information literacy in the 40 years since.
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