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Hail Satan? 15 rating

An unexpectedly funny, charming and thought-provoking documentary about a group who celebrate difference, and challenge the link between religion and state in the US.

Documentary 2019 95 mins

Director: Penny Lane

Overview

The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic religious and political activist group, was founded in 2013 in Salem, Massachusetts, but has since spread across the USA and Canada. Filmmaker Penny Lane focuses less on ritualistic and religious aspects and more on campaigning and being satirical as she follows a group of misfits who challenge the old notion of state and church, and confront – among others – the Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for its hate speech. Hail Satan? is an intriguing exercise in not judging.