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Cults and Extreme Belief

Season 1
2022TV-14
Journalist Elizabeth Vargas, alongside former members of controversial organizations, goes on a search to uncover how sects use their influence to prey upon people's desperation and create powerful, destructive belief systems.
Starring
Teddy HoseElizabeth VargasSean Moon
Genres
UnscriptedDocumentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. NXIVM
    May 31, 2022
    41min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sarah Edmondson brought thousands of people into the multi-level marketing self-help group NXIVM. In October of 2017, she exposed the group as a destructive sex cult and is supporting the criminal prosecution of the cult's leader, Keith Raniere.
  2. 2. Children of God
    May 31, 2022
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Amy Bril recounts her childhood growing up in the Children of God, a group notorious for pedophilia and "religious" prostitution. Amy and others born and raised in the group are banding together to address a suicide epidemic among fellow survivors.
  3. 3. Jehovah's Witnesses
    May 31, 2022
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Former Jehovah's Witness Romy Maple -- a survivor of child sexual abuse -- embarks on a journey to uncover why her pleas for justice were systematically ignored by top members of the organization.
  4. 4. U.N.O.I.
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Growing up in the United Nation of Islam, or UNOI, Elijah Muhammad was forced into child labor and squalid living conditions. Now, he has an opportunity to speak to the FBI in hopes of getting justice for those abused by leader Royall Jenkins' teachings.
  5. 5. Unification Sanctuary
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Former "Moonie" Teddy Hose wants to alert the public to a gun-obsessed Unification Church offshoot known as The Sanctuary Church in Newfoundland, PA. Leader Sean Moon preaches an extreme gospel featuring his father as "returning Jesus."
  6. 6. Twelve Tribes
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Despite their hippie persona and rustic community businesses, The Twelve Tribes have long stood accused of physically abusing children and subjugating women. Ex-member Samie Brosseau works to expose the Twelve Tribes' abusive practices today.
  7. 7. FLDS
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Many believed when Warren Jeffs was sentenced to life in prison for child sexual assault, problems within the FLDS community would be solved. However, it left devoted followers like Norma Richter to fend for themselves in a world they were taught to fear.
  8. 8. The Survivors Speak: Part 1
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Former members of different groups meet to discuss their shared experiences with Elizabeth Vargas.
  9. 9. The Survivors Speak: Part 2
    May 31, 2022
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Elizabeth Vargas continues the discussion with former members of different groups about their shared experiences.

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Network
discovery plus AE Network
Supporting actors
Yeon Ah Lee MoonSun Myung Moon