Blessed Child

1 h 16 min201913+
More than a decade after leaving the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church (the "Moonies"), filmmaker Cara Jones attempts to finally break free from the religious movement which dominated her childhood in an attempt to unpack the legacy of the decisions her parents made while challenging assumptions - hers and ours - about cults and family.
Cara Jones
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HempistReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
a home movie trying to be a documentary
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Why did Cara and her brothers leave the Moonies? We'll never know. She teases you through the whole movie that there's going to be a big revelation about the horrors of the Moonies and it never comes. She's too scared to offend anyone so she tiptoes around doing light interviews and showing home movies of her idyllic life. It jumps all over the place and leaves you with more questions than it answers. It seems like she couldn't decide if this was going to be a movie about the Moonies or her path to motherhood.
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L. BradyReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020
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I never thought anyone would leave the Church. As far as I thought, everyone stayed they had the perfect life that was designed for them to leave and that was it. Cara showed an honest look at life outside the boundaries of the expectations of perfection. Her account as well as the testimonial of others helped to show that there could be life outside of the bubble of the Unification Church.
It was nice to see her family still strong and loving despite their clear differences. This documentary is personal for all of us that know Cara, specially those of who experienced the Church movement first hand. It was nice to see that those of us that walked away from the Church were still able to hold on to many of our friendships and create our own happiness.
I highly recommend it for anyone who was curious about the Unification Church but only he as rd the rumors.
Happy WarriorReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Meaningful for everyone everywhere
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I am not objective. I have known Cara since she was a student at Princeton and I have known at least the outlines of this story, or its beginnings, since then. I cried watching this film, partly because of what I remember and partly because of a recognition of the courage Cara found to take this journey to the past so she could be free in the future. I don't think there is a person among us who will not find a portion of this heartwrenching story relatable, beautiful, sad, hopeful, or all of the above. For me, it was a reminder of how lucky I am to have been a part of a journey with such a special person.
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TashiReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest and Proud of her Journey
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Great Documentary! I am so happy she shared her journey. I think with any religion, you can love the teachings but hate the institution and that seems to be the case. It was nice seeing her fear of being not accepted from her parents was all an illusion she had in herself. Her parents just embraced and supported her in this documentary. 10/10
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PALReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Right to the heart of it all.
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How fantastic it was to watch this this morning. So many familiar faces! So many familiar feelings of total inspiration and then doubt, fear, guilt and the final realization of knowing that the only way to keep living is to leave. Thank you, Cara, for telling your story and seeing this documentary to completion. This is deeply meaningful to me and the many thousands of us all over the world who share this unique history.
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mediahoundReviewed in the United States on July 1, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A well-produced even -handed and honest presentation
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Very evenhanded, insightful, and honest reporting by a few people who have been there. Definitely shows the movement as Unique in ways different than the media sought to paint it throughout the 70s and 80s. Well produced and Well worth the time. The Unification Church is to be commended for allowing the producers such access.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting insight into a cult.
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I had wondered what the Moonie culture was all about. This is a very interesting story about one family's experiences, where even the best intentions to bring about a better world did not take into account the complexities of the individuals within the family. Very good documentary.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
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Honest and Sincere
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This documentary, although created by someone who is no longer a member of the church, does not aim to attack, bash, or shame the movement. Rather, it shows an honest, sincere, and raw experience that Cara had growing up in it, with her parents being important members. It also sheds light on the aftermath of leaving the movement and the struggles with familial relationships. This documentary was moving and emotional. Thank you for sharing Cara.
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