HBO's 'Going Clear' documentary on Scientology sparks debate - 2015-03-30
"I'm a reporter, and I just had a few questions," Wright recalled the visitor saying earlier this month. He quickly deduced that Joe was from Freedom magazine, the publication that bills itself as the voice of the Church of Scientology. Freedom had been trying to interview Wright since the publication of his 2013 book, "Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief." With a documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work set to debut on HBO, the magazine had ramped up its efforts to talk to Wright.
That documentary, directed by prolific filmmaker Alex Gibney, became a trending topic on Twitter after its debut Sunday and sparked discussion about the faith's most high-profile followers, Tom Cruise and John Travolta.
Using Wright's reporting as a springboard, Gibney persuaded eight former Scientologists to give interviews on camera about their experiences inside the church.
Some of the film's participants say they have been physically harassed and vilified online as a result of speaking out against the high-profile organization — allegations the church denies.