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Natha - turning black to white & white to black

Documentary

This is a documentary about the persecution of the Romanian yoga school MISA /the Danish yoga school Natha. The film offers orchestrated media campaigns, asylum between EU countries and new perspectives on the issue of freedom of conscience in today's Europe.

A documentary produced by the Truth Seminar

This is a documentary about the persecution of the Romanian yoga school MISA /the Danish yoga school Natha. The film offers orchestrated media campaigns, asylum between EU countries and new perspectives on the issue of freedom of conscience in today's Europe.

Spiritual leaders and movements are still being pursued in Europe today. While politicians, experts and human rights organizations are struggling to stop the persecutions, the media often plays an active role through unilateral and demonizing images of the persecuted.

"Natha - To turn black to white, white to black" is a critical examination of the role of the media in the pursuit of yoga in Europe; a pursuit that is also encountered in the Danish media.

The production was originally started by Pilgrim Films in collaboration with producer Malla Grapengiesser (Hysteria film – also the producer for "Looking for Sugarman") it was then taken over by Truth Seminar, which has steadily continued its interviews with leading Danish and international voices regarding the case.

With the story currently unfolding in the Danish media with two broadcasts about Natha on TV2 in the program 'Denmark according to Bubber' we have decided to send the documentary film in parts. Here is the first part.

Produced by Truth Seminar

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Natha - to turn black into white and white to black

Introduction

Many people accused of subversive activities are later in history recognized as heroes; Socrates, Jesus, Luther, Gandhi, Mandela etc.

The Romanian yoga teacher Grieg is persecuted in his homeland since Ceausescu’s regime. Grieg is accused of leading a paramilitary movement with human trafficking, pornography, sex with minors etc. Since 2005, Grieg has been granted political asylum in Sweden.

Joachim Porslund is a truth activist and facilitator of the event Truth Seminar in Copenhagen. He is also a part of the yoga school's Danish division. When he in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, May 2009 and now with Bubber on TV2 in May 2013 retrieves the stories from the Romanian smear campaign he is taking a look back in history.

The Romanian historian and former dissident Gabriel Andreescu has in two books shed light on the mechanisms behind the persecution of yoga in Romania, as he traces it back to the communist security police Securitate.

European parliamentarians and human rights organizations have repeatedly engaged to stop the persecution, however, it continues both in the Romanian legal system and the media.

The Danish journalist Vibeke Sperling finds in her studies how the Securitate is still infiltrating the media and has orchestrated the media campaign against Grieg and the yoga school.

The Swedish sect expert Karl Erik Nylund issued a report on Grieg and his yoga school for the Swedish Supreme Court and found no evidence of subversive activity or sect trends in the school, but as a pastor calls on the Romanian authorities to stop the persecutions and names Grieg as a man ¨given the grace from God¨

The Swedish Foreign Ministry is closely following the case and has in its report to the Supreme Court determined that the media's reporting of the case is an orchestrated part of the persecutions.

Ulla Sandbæk is a priest and former member of the European parliament. She has for many years been engaged in stopping the persecution of the yoga school. After a lifetime as a priest in the national church, it is only in Grieg's yoga school that she has found the right methods for her to be close to God.

Former member of the Danish parliament and chairman of psychotherapeutic association Erik Smith has a psychotherapy group where several students and teachers from Natha is being trained as psychotherapists. Erik Smith finds them lovely and open people, but also recognizes that they stand close together because of criticism from the media.

Joan Ørting is a former student of Natha which she believes represents a unique openness and accessibility in the field of sexology and Tantra in Denmark today.

Willy Fautré, spokesman for Human Rights Without Frontiers International has been interviewed about his ongoing study of the yoga movement MISA and in general about human rights and conscience issues in Europe today.

Mihai Stoian, the educational leader of the Natha Yoga Center tells openly about persecutions in his native Romania, but also about his experiences with erotic films and the openness but at the same time suspicious receipt of Grieg's yogic methods in society today.

The view on Grieg and his yoga schools has engaged Danish politicians and split the Danish media. The question is why?