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The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard


Emmy Award-winning documentary film maker Robyn Symon, intrigued by the difference Werner Erhard has made, both for individuals and for society as a whole, created "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard".  For the first time since 1991 when Werner Erhard retired from public life, he agreed to be interviewed as the subject of this documentary.


This documentary chronicles the life of Werner Erhard and the renowned est Training. From 1971 until the present day, Werner Erhard and the programs he created and influenced have provided great value for millions of people all over the world.  The documentary also gives you an inside look at the controversy that surrounded Werner Erhard’s cutting edge thinking and you will see in this snapshot of the times that Werner Erhard is credited as one of the driving forces behind the growth of the multi-billion dollar personal development industry.

With exclusive and rare footage, viewers will step inside est Training seminars, and hear provocative interviews with Werner Erhard's peers and family members, as well as participants of the est training.. Viewers will see how Werner Erhard’s work and ideas have permeated the very fabric of today's society.

The documentary also gives you a sense of the work that Werner Erhard is currently involved in, collaborating with companies, organizations and governments, clearly illustrating that Werner Erhard is still committed to making a difference.  

Two-time Emmy Award winner writer/producer Robyn Symon, known for her exceptional documentary work, has 25 years of broadcast experience, reporting and producing television news, writing and producing for the PBS network and making documentary film and television programs. Read an interview with Robyn Symon. Watch the trailer for Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard.


What People Are Saying about the Film:


"I gave 5 stars to acknowledge what Werner Erhard's humanity and commitment contributed to the world. When I think of him, I am moved to tears--not because of a fawning cult figure adoration. Like myself, I am aware of his many human flaws and failures. I am moved to tears because when I remember Werner Erhard, I remember who I am.

I remember how I hated my mother and father and had little contact with them for 12 years. After doing the est Training & The 6-Day Course, I began getting to know them for the first time. As a result, my father ended up being the "best man" at my wedding 25 years ago. How do you thank a person for something like that?"


It was Fascinating!

"My friends told me about est for years and I never did understand why they wouldn't leave me alone about it. After seeing this film and getting an in depth look at the man and what he cared about I now see what all the excitement was about – it was fascinating!"


Werner Erhard: An Extraordinary Leader

"Werner Erhard is an extraordinary leader, who empowered people to take responsibility for their lives and the world around them. It was long past due for his story to be told and this documentary is a great representation of the history of the times and legacy of one of the true icons of our times."



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