Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, is HBOs latest documentary causing major debate following it’s initial airing on Sunday. Going Clear is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright directed by Alex Gibney.
Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.
This powerful new film highlights the Church’s origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. The heart of the film is a series of shocking revelations by former insiders, including high-ranking and recognizable members such as acclaimed screenwriter Paul Haggis (“Crash”), as they describe the systematic history of abuse and betrayal by Church officials, including the current leadership of the Church.
Many people tuned in to catch the much anticipated documentary and did not hold back on their shock;
#goingclear is a terrifying look at the fallibility of the human mind. “To find yourself, think for yourself.”- Socrates
— Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell) March 30, 2015
Anyone else watching this #GoingClear Scientology documentary on HBO? It is fascinating! Wow. — Abby Huntsman (@HuntsmanAbby) March 30, 2015
I knew #Scientology was a horrible cult, but @HBO‘s #GoingClear still shocked. Travolta & especially @TomCruise are complicit cowards.
— Peter Staley (@peterstaley) March 30, 2015
Tom Cruise comes off as crazy, but Travolta as just sadly creepy. #GoingClear
— Amanda Bower (@heyprofbow) March 30, 2015
Going Clear” not only exposes details about Scientology but also serves as an in-depth explainer for those unfamiliar with the group. The Church has spoken out against the film (read their full statement here) as have its celebrity members. But whether you’ve studied Scientology closely or merely know it as “the religion with Tom Cruise,” watching “Going Clear” is a powerful, stunning and emotionally overwhelming experience that will likely leave you with your mouth agape. Aired last night on HBO, check out the documentary yourself for what appears to be quite a debate inducer.