Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cults - Dangerous Devotion (2006)

Sandya Viswanathan


Cults: Dangerous Devotion (Decoding The Past) Is it brain-washing or like-mindedness? What attracts followers to cults and what holds them? This special feature-length documentary infiltrates the hidden world of these secretive groups.

--Interviews with cult survivors, investigators, parents of cult members and faithful adherents.
--Original and archival footage is coupled with dramatic reenactments of secret rites.
--The Vatican, the FBI, and the NIH all have departments dedicated to cults.

Sarin gas in Tokyo's subway, cyanide-laced Kool-Aid in Guyana, the World Trade Center attacks: these and similar evils are the legacy of cults. What forces could foster such unthinkable acts and drive formerly right-thinking humans to carry them out? Discover the truth in this intriguing feature-length documentary from THE HISTORY CHANNEL®.

Journey behind closed doors into a secret world where faith and devotion lead to desperation and despair. From the bizarre prophecies of Charles Manson to the desperate paranoia of Jim Jones, cult leaders draw followers into worlds of power, paranoia, and death. Why do people join? Why do they stay? And how can we stop them? Through interviews with world-renowned scholars and the survivors of cultic tragedy, DANGEROUS DEVOTION unmasks the mystery of cults.

Meet survivors of modern-day cults and true believers who still number among the faithful. Hear from mothers and fathers who have lost a child to a cult and observe FBI agents working to identify exploitative groups that endanger individuals or even the entire nation. And delve through history to examine how cults have seized hearts and minds throughout time.

CULTS: DANGEROUS DEVOTION is a truly eye-opening examination of a world that few of us will ever see, but that potentially affects us all.

Just some of the charismatic leaders and cults examined in DANGEROUS DEVOTION are:

--Charles Manson
--Jim Jones and Jonestown Warren Jeffs and the Yearning for Zion Ranch --Shoko Asahara and Aum Shinrikyo --David Koresh and the Branch Davidians --The Nizari, the drug-fueled assassins from the time of the Crusades


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