Controversial documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has a trailer. HBO picked up the doc, which premiered at Sundance, and will air it on Sunday, March 29.
Directed by Alex Gibney, Going Clear is based on the book written by Lawrence Wright. Despite the controversy, the documentary received very positive reviews. Indiewire‘s Katie Walsh writes: “The filmmaking is nothing exceptional, but what is remarkable is the bravery shown by those who speak out in the film… As they describe their experiences, they seem anguished, embarrassed and sheepish that they were taken in so deeply by this organization. There is a sense of latent awakening that Gibney manages to capture, and that is the most compelling thing about ‘Going Clear.’ That dawning realization will be spreading soon enough, and that’s clearly what terrifies the leadership of Scientology the most.”
Alex Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. The film covers a broad range of material from the church’s origins—punctuated by an intimate portrait of founder L. Ron Hubbard—to present-day practices and alleged abuses as reported in the media.