“The Prophet and The Space Aliens" follows Rael, who after an alleged encounter with extraterrestrials - that appointed him the "last prophet" - became the founder and leader of the world’s biggest UFO religion.
What is the difference between a cult and a religion? Why is it easier for us to accept the story of a man who talked to a burning bush than it is to accept the story of a man who received a prophecy from extraterrestrials? Had there been documentaries about celebrated prophets made during their lifetimes, what kinds of uncomfortable secrets would’ve been revealed?
Upon receiving a mysterious invitation, award-winning director Yoav Shamir recruits one of the world’s leading historians of religion, Prof. Daniel Boyarin, as his mentor and sets off on a thought-provoking, humorous quest that takes Shamir from Rael’s beautiful home in Okinawa to his sleepy hometown in France; from the Raelians’ “pleasure hospital” in Burkina Faso to the growing Raelian communities in Asia, Europe and North America.
The story of this modern day prophet and his ambitious attempts to venture into new territories in search of loyal followers, sheds light on the many themes and questions that religion and faith lay bare.
Director & Screenwriter
Tanya Aizikovich, Steven Markovitz, Yoav Shamir
Vincent Lucassen, Ebba Sinzinger, Tamsin Ranger
Neil Tabatznik, Robin Smith
Neta Dvorkis, Roland Stöttinger
Graphics & Animation
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A Yoav Shamir Films & Big World Cinema production in co-production with WILDart FILM; Produced in co-production with KAN Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corporation; With the support of the Austrian Film Institute and Israel Cinema Project – The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts; With the participation of Blue Ice Film Fund; In association with VPRO, ICI Radio-Canada and ICI RDI.