Gnostics is a film in four parts.
Series Produced & Directed by: Stephen Segaller
The knowledge of the heart which the Gnostics sought went beyond dogma and faith to the individual experience of spiritual realities. Long suppressed, the Gnostic pulse continued to beat until our era, when Carl Jung recognized the vital importance of its orientation and conclusions for the Self, for the feminine side of God, for the problem of evil and for the place of human beings in the cosmos.
Author/scholar/filmmaker Stephan Segaller then focuses on the Cathars of twelfth-century southern France, who cast aside Church authority for a time and sought Gnosis in another form.
In the third film, Segaller shows hermetic philosophy, alchemy, magic, and the Gnostic attitude coming to synthesis in Renaissance Italy at the time of the Medicis, and the later impact of the mysterious magician John Dee, who may have inspired Shakespeare’s Prospero. Segaller also touches upon the modern-day use of hermetic principles.
The last film deals with the Gnostic attitude towards tragedy, the appeal of Gnosticism to Jung and contemporary practitioners of Gnosticism.
Featured scholars, therapists, and actors include Nigel Harrison, Elaine Pagels, James Robinson, Gilles Quispel, Brian Blessed, C.A. Meier, Hans Jonas, Aniela Jaffe, June Singer, and Carl Jung.
DR. STEPHEN A. HOELLER, author of Jung and the Lost Gospels: The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead; and The Royal Road: A Manual of Kabbalistic Meditations on the Tarot, is Associate Professor of Comparative Religions at the College of Oriental Studies in Los Angeles. He was born in Hungary and attended schools in Belgium, Hungary, Italy, and Austria. He is Bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostica, a church of gnostic descent.