Documentarian Amy Berg has, over the course of her career, shown a willingness to tackle difficult subjects in her films, making her debut with the 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil, which examined child abuse within the Catholic Church, and subsequently tackling the case of the West Memphis Three, as well as sexual abuse in the film industry. Her newest documentary is poised to once again delve into a difficult subject, as it looks into the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter Day Saints, and its leader Warren Jeffs. The synopsis is as follows.
When Warren Jeffs rose to Prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, he took control of a religion with a history of polygamous and underage marriage. In a short time, Warren managed to expand these practices and the power of his position in unprecedented ways. He bridged the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically rape, befuddling the moral compass of his entire congregation. The film examines Warren Jeffs’ life and shows how he became a worshipped and adored Prophet. Warren has a devout following numbering in the tens of thousands – many of whom would give their life at any moment with just one word from the Prophet. Despite a trail of abuse and ruined lives, Warren has maintained his grip on power.
Narrated by Nick Cave, who also collaborated with Warren Ellis for the score, the film opens in the US in limited release on September 18th, with a television premiere set for the fall on Showtime. Ahead of its opening, the documentary’s first trailer has been released, and can be seen below.