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Sons of Perdition (2011)

Artists Not Provided , Tyler Measom , Jennilyn Merten  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Artists Not Provided
  • Directors: Tyler Measom, Jennilyn Merten
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,637 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Sons of perdition" is a term used by some Latter Day Saint denominations, including the FLDS Church, to describe former members who have apostatized from their religion and faith. The term is derogatory and intended to convey unholiness, sin and "evil." This film tells the story of three teenaged boys banished from their southern Utah polygamous community by Warren Jeffs, the sect's self-proclaimed prophet. Part of a growing group of exiles, the boys are condemned to hell by their community and denied further contact with their families. The boys must now survive on their own in mainstream America, which for them, is a whole new country.


"A shining example of beautiful documentary filmmaking." --Kelly Wilson, Austin Post

"An emotional roller coaster." --Lauren Wiscott, Filmmaker Magazine

"A penetrating, insightful and riveting documentary." --Steward Nussbaumer, The Huffington Post

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
For a documentary with such a straightforward and no-nonsense approach, "Sons of Perdition" packs an emotional punch that will likely stay with you. The story chronicles three years in the life of young men who have left Warren Jeffs' Fundamentalist Latter Day Saint (FLDS) sect. Jeffs' regime was extreme, to say the least, and his efforts to purify his clan makes for one of the most harrowing tales of isolationism in recent American history. He banned public schooling, all secular reading, and any recreational activities. He excommunicated other prominent men and systematically redistributed their holdings and families to suit his own interests. "Sons of Perdition" documents three exiled young men who have taken refuge in a neighboring town overrun by those in similar circumstances. But it's not an easy road to build a new life after years of emotional abuse. And despite escape, the world outside offers little solace and fewer choices to this ever expanding underground community.

The film starts in the fashion of a thriller with the boys rescuing one of their sisters from the family homestead. From there, we go back in time to meet the teens. Full of hope and free, they have big dreams to fulfill. Exposed to drugs and drink, unable to enroll in public school (in addition to being almost completely uneducated), and supporting themselves in high-risk construction jobs--it simply isn't a world conducive to building a new and better life. The film introduces a number of real heroes who assist (or attempt to) this new faction of underage refugees. There are couples willing to adopt some of these outcasts which is essential to getting them into the public education system.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Escape from hell November 12, 2011
"Sons of Perdition" is a documentary about the small town of Colorado City in Arizona, a community controlled by a bizarre cult known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS).

I read about Colorado City in several books, but this is the first time I've actually seen how the community looks like. The people wear old-fashioned dresses, and the girls ride horses or ponies. It looks creepy, like M. Night Shyamalan's movie "The Village" in real life. But of course, some people might find it idyllic, a little bit like the Amish. In reality, child labour is common, dating is prohibited, and all marriages are decreed by the leader, Warren Jeffs. The cult is polygamous, there are no real schools, and defectors are shunned. Warren Jeffs himself was recently sentenced to life imprisonment for various polygamy-related crimes.

"Sons of Perdition" follow a group of teenagers who manage to escape from the clutches of the cult. They move to the nearby town of St. George, where they are taken care of by social workers and volunteers. The defectors are harassed by cult members who want them to move back. Life on the outside turns out to be problematic: many of the defected teens can't go to high school since they lack a real address, the local Job Corps look like a stockade, and the U.S. Army doesn't want them either. One of the local philanthropists in St. George get sick and tired of his teenage wards after they start taking amphetamine, met and cocaine. The educational level of the young ex-cultists is dismally low. One of them think Bill Clinton started World War II, while another doesn't know that Washington is the federal capital of the U.S.!

Still, "Sons of Perdition" ends on a positive note.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to escape from Zion. June 29, 2013
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Here's a suggestion: Before you put this movie in your queue, read the book "Lost Boy" by Brent W. Jeffs. Brent grew up in the Fundamental Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and is actually a nephew of Warren Jeffs, the de-facto (though jailed) leader of that polygamous Mormon sect. The emotional and sexual abuse Brent endured is horrifying, but the book also provides an inside look into the bizarre and isolated FLDS world, in which Warren Jeffs is glorified a lot like Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were glorified in North Korea. Read Brent Jeffs' book, THEN watch "Sons of Perdition." You will have a much better perspective on what these boys are going through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More People Need To Be Aware of These Kids January 27, 2013
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These kids are being kicked out of the FLDS or are running away from it and basically have to re-learn the truth about the world and what it is really like. THey had been denied education, newspapers, toys, time to play, ability to choose who they will marry, and been fed brainwashing lies by the self-proclaimed FLDS prophet, Warren Jeffs, about the evils beyond the compound where they lived.

It's sad to see them excited about their new world, yet lonely for their families they left behind. A lot of them in the documentary consoled themselves with alcohol and drugs. Some tried to get a better education through the Job Corps, a couple of the males tried to join the miitary but had been turned away due to legal issues from the FLDS.

Worth watching and definitely worth making a follow-up documentary on these kids to see where they are now.
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