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Children of the Stars
Release date: March 8, 2016
Jim Morrison’s genius can best be summed up in his statement “people are strange.” Now and then we happen across people that are so different from the rest of the world that there’s nothing else to say except people are strange. Such is the case of the adherents to Unarius, a religious path/space cult, and the subject of Children of the Stars, a documentary that details the formation and history of this unique group. Their belief system is an odd amalgamation of concepts pulled from Christianity, Buddhism, Egyptian mythology and sci-fi movies like Star Wars, Flash Gordon, and Xanadu. If you find yourself intrigued, read on, intrepid reader.
The formation and rise of the Unarius Academy of Science is largely due to the larger than life figure of self-proclaimed cosmic visionary Ruth Norman. At age 73 Ruth, a widow and the primary mouthpiece of the space brothers to the followers of Unarius, and the earthly representative to a confederation of planets that is much akin to Star Trek’s United Federation of Planets bought 67 acres of land outside San Diego, CA. Since this purchase in 1973, those who practice Unarius have been waiting for the space brothers to land on this patch of ground. What do they do while they’re waiting for visitors from outside the limits of our atmosphere? I’m glad you asked.
Unarius is based on the idea that our space brothers have been here before, and are waiting for humanity to be ready for them to return, specifically by reaching a level of spiritual maturity. How do we know they were here? Well, it was the interbreeding of early humans and the space brothers that created the Chinese people. Need more proof? Just look at science fiction. Sci-fi films are not the product of creative imaginations, but the past life memories of those who are involved in the making of them. Ming the Merciless and Luke Skywalker are echoes of a real past in the minds of the students of Unarius. Discovering one’s past lives, which can give insight into the struggles in our current physical manifestation. Do you suffer illness or chronic pain? It’s karma, based on your past lives, coming back to bite you in the… wherever you’re in pain, I guess. Since the 1960s, the Unarius Academy of Science has been making movies that explain the state of the world by having participants act out their past lives. The results are a mixed bag, but the dedication of those involved appears genuine.
In past lives, members of Unarius have been Jesus Christ, Buddha, Nicola Tesla, Isis, and Osiris. They have lived on many planets and have manifested physically on earth to bring humanity to the point of readiness for the arrival of the space brothers. Interviews with adherents depict intelligent folks who are completely committed to these truths. They look forward to a time of free energy, the abolition of death, psychic communication among planets, and a universal peace encompassing all peoples on all worlds. Throughout the course of the film historical footage, past live psychodramas, and bits of classic sci-fi cinema are used to convey the evolution and tenants of this mash-up of what most of us would consider incompatible religions and flights of fancy.
While you may or may not be drawn into the subject matter of this film, Children of the Stars is an engrossing experience. Audio and video quality are both excellent, and the documentary has a smooth flow. As a fan of classic science fiction, I enjoyed the clips of classics such as Teenagers From Outer Space, Flash Gordon, Star Wars, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, and numerous other films, and the commentary from Unarius students pertaining to them. The clips from films made by the Unarius Academy of Science, of which there are many, also show a stylistic evolution that follows Ms. Norman from an elderly medium, to a fairy godmother figure. The films also show props and costumes that change with the evolving trends in sci-fi. As a commentary on science fiction films, Children of the Stars is a captivating film.
It’s hard to believe Children of the Stars is not a mockumentary. Sure enough, these folks are for real. They are true believers and are committed to the “science” of Unarius. They firmly believe this science is portrayed in science fiction films, and eagerly anticipate the advent of our space brothers. If the Unarius Academy of Science has an entry in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s likely to read “mostly harmless.” Children of the Stars is an interesting insight into just how strange people can be while still being a successful part of society. Fans of classic science fiction will find much to enjoy.
Reviewed by Jim1340
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