German readers, save the date: a film about one man's struggles with Scientology
will air on German television on March 31. Called Until Nothing Is Left
, the extremely rare docudrama about the cult follows the adventures of Heiner von Ronn, who'd been a member of the organization but abandoned it after ten years and the loss of a substantial part of his money -- and of his wife and children, who stayed in.
The film was made under a cover title, owing to fears that Scientology adherents might attempt to interfere. Scientologists have already protested the film as propaganda at a press screening in Hamburg. There's not much else they can do: In Germany, unlike here in the U.S., Scientology is classified as a business rather than a religion, and is subject to investigations by the state.
Scientology is rarely treated in American entertainments, except indirectly via satire (as in Bowfinger) or proselytization (as in Battlefield Earth).