HBO's New Scientology Documentary Causes a Stir at LACMA Screening - 2015-03-10
The elucidating HBO documentary "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" screened at the LACMA Bing Theater on Monday night, followed by a colorful Q&A session with Alex Gibney (Oscar-winning filmmaker of HBO's "Taxi to the Dark Side") and author Lawrence Wright.
The anticipated film, based on Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Going Clear," not only educates on the history and practices of the Church of Scientology, but also profiles eight former members of the church, affording an inside look into how controversial decisions are rationalized and true believers of the movement are molded.
Why would someone support the Church of Scientology if they've witnessed terrible actions, or acted as an aggressor? What does it take for a person to reach his or her breaking point? Why is it so easy to recognize unsavory behavior in retrospect, but in the moment, to feel vindicated?