The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed documentary GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF is a look inside the controversial religion from Academy Award®-winner Alex Gibney.
The film profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith, how the church attracts new followers and keeps hold on its A-list celebrity devotees. Following the 2013 Peabody Award-winning documentary ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’, his investigation into the Catholic Church, Gibney dives fully into one of the most controversial and secretive religions in the world in GOING CLEAR, exploring what members of Scientology are willing to do in the name of religion. The film touches on a wide range of aspects of the church from its origin, to an intimate portrait of the Church’s founder L. Ron Hubbard, to its recruiting practices, to present day practices by church officials. GOING CLEAR recently premiered to rave reviews at Sundance cementing it as one of the most buzzed about films this year, with The Wall Street Journal describing it as “the hottest ticket at the Sundance Film Festival.” Vulture labeled the film “spectacular” and “jaw-dropping,” while The Hollywood Reporter called GOING CLEAR an “impeccably assembled and argued film,” that “represents a brave, timely intervention into debates around the organization that have been simmering for some time.”
Ratings and Reviews
Critics Consensus: Thoroughly disquieting but impossible to ignore, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a searing investigative work from a master documentarian.