ARD's 'Nothing' takes aim at Scientology
German pubcaster ARD is sure to ruffle some feathers — and generate plenty of international interest — with an upcoming TV movie about Scientology, titled “Until Nothing Is Left.”
Germany has long been at odds with the organization, labeling it a sinister group with totalitarian designs.
“We are not dealing here with a religion but rather an organization that has far different motives,” said ARD program director Volker Herres at a special screening of the film earlier this month. “Scientology is all about power, business and the expansion of its network.”
ARD has said it’s seeking to show how Scientology manipulates, re-educates and exploits its members. The movie, produced by Berlin-based Teamworx for ARD, is based on real events and on testimony from former Scientology members and had been kept tightly under wraps. It airs on ARD on March 31.
“Until Nothing Is Left” follows a young married couple who join Scientology. The husband later leaves the org after losing his money and seeing his wife become deeply involved in the group. He also loses contact with his young daughter, who is likewise being taught by Scientology. Felix Klare and Silke Bodenbender star.
Scientology officials have criticized the film, saying it foments “an atmosphere of intolerance and discrimination against a religious community.”
Herres countered that the doctrine of Scientology was “pure science fiction, no religion, no church, no cult.”
ARD also will showcase Scientology in its magazine show “Hart, aber fair” following the movie, while regional pubcaster SWR will air a documentary report titled “Until Nothing Is Left: How Scientology Destroys Human Life.”