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Bruder Spaghettus Documentary – THE MAN AND THE MONSTER

Bruder Spaghettus Documentary

Filmmaker Alex Alford has traveled to Germany to make a short documentary about Rüdiger Weida aka Bruder Spaghettus, and his Pastafarian church in the town of Templin.

… when I actually met Rüdiger I discovered there was much more to his story than initially met the eye. As a student growing up in oppressive East Germany post-WWII, he fell in love with satire as a means of speaking out against an unjust government. In fact, this led to him being aggressively spied on by the German secret police (and boy, does he have many crazy stories about this). Now, later in life, he has found satire through Pastafarianism as a way to speak out against a new enemy – the German church.


Bruder has been fighting for legal recognition of the Church for years – he is a fascinating man and I found Alex’s documentary very well-made and interesting. Highly recommended.

Here’s the Trailer:

And here’s the Documentary:

Pastafarian minister Micheal Lusefovich is free

Great news — Pastafarian minister Micheal Lusefovich has been released from prison after nearly 2 years, and is currently living in Israel.

Micheal was the head of Russia’s Church of the FSM. He was charged unjustly for working with a democratic opposition group, Open Russia, that had been outlawed by the Russian government. The conviction was related to hosting lectures for independent election monitors, held at the premises of the Church of the FSM.

I am very happy to hear that he is free, living in Israel, and doing well.

Here is a message he has sent to us:

Vancouver says no Pirate Hats in ID photos, again

The fight continues. Vancouver’s ICBC department says Pirate Hats and Colanders are not acceptable religious headwear. Gary Smith of the Church of FSM of British Columbia has been battling the department for some time. I’m sure all of us are looking forward to the time when this department respects religious freedom.

“Ultimately, religion is a choice,” said Smith, the Canadian representative with the International Pastafarians’ Captains Conclave. “But not so much for members of a certain sect.”

ICBC doesn’t see it that way.

“We have advised Mr. Smith on numerous occasions that we do not recognize him as a member of a religious group that requires accommodation in the context of a service customarily available to the public under the British Columbia Human Rights Code,” ICBC said in a Jan. 24 statement to Glacier Media.


Please check out Jeremy Hainsworth’s excellent article about the dispute here at VancouverIsAwesome.