Sundance First Look: Oscar winner Alex Gibney pulls back curtain on Scientology - 2015-01-26

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F0.png Sundance First Look: Oscar winner Alex Gibney pulls back curtain on Scientology January 26, 2015, Sandy Cohen, Canadian Press, Yahoo

"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house - not with a star-studded red carpet, but with police protection.

A week before the premiere, the Church of Scientology took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times claiming the documentary is filled with falsehoods.

Based on Lawrence Wright's 2013 book of the same name, Oscar winner Alex Gibney's film claims that the church routinely intimidates, manipulates and even tortures its members, tracing the rise of the religion and its founder, former science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, and his successor as head of the church, David Miscavige. Gibney also interviewed several former Scientology believers, including past executives.


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