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In Search of the Vissarion| 45mins
Director: Benjamin Wigley | Producer: Benjamin Wigley
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United Kingdom
Subject Tags: asia, belief, community, religion, russian federation, spiritual awareness, united kingdom
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
Whilst researching on the internet in 2005, Benjamin Wigley, a filmmaker living in Nottingham, discovered a man named 'the Vissarion' who in 1991 had a revelation that he is the son of God. He established a community of over 4000 followers called the 'Church of the Last Testament', which is based deep in the Siberian mountain wilderness. Ben managed to make contact with two followers who live in Moscow named Tatiana and Bogdan. Over a nine month period he gradually built up a relationship with them via email and telephone and learned that there is an annual festival on August the 18th, that celebrates the awakening of the 'Vissarion'. In August 2006 he traveled alone (just Ben, a small camera, a tripod and a rucksack full of batteries) to Siberia to find this mysterious leader, and to find out why so many people are converting to his faith. This is the story of his journey, experiences and the many interesting people he met along the way.

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