De meeste Star Wars fans kijken de films, lezen de boeken, spelen de games en verzamelen merchandise. Er is echter ook een groep voor wie het vele malen verder gaat. Deze groep ziet de Jedi als een soort van religie en leeft hier ook naar.
Afgelopen maand verscheen hierover de documentaire American Jedi van Laurent Malaquais, welke nu via iTunes te downloaden is.
AMERICAN JEDI is a documentary film about three candidates for knighthood who must face a reckoning with the darkest issues from their past in order to be accepted into a real-life Jedi community. Opie Macleod (34) turned to Jediism as a way to escape his days as a misguided, fledgling gangster, but his most difficult challenge turned out to be losing his wife to the “dark side of the Force” – a real-life Sith named Miles. Perris Cartwright (24) found the Jedi Path as a way to deal with a childhood of being bullied. As a US Marine, she became a survivor of rape, suffering for years with PTSD. She must stand strong before a real-life Jedi council. Michael Hannigan (36) is notorious for being an online “troll” of the Jedi community. After the death of his father, he fell into a spiraling drug addiction. The Jedi community – wary with suspicion toward him – is ready to test Hannigan, who must prove himself committed to a life of becoming a Jedi Knight as a way of maintaining his sobriety. AMERICAN JEDI is more than fandom, more than religion; for each Jedi initiate, it’s a personal crusade for the betterment of their world.