The intercourse cult that struck on the coronary heart of Smallville can be explored in depth on HBO. Directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmakers Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, The Vow is a nine-part documentary collection specializing in the world surrounding the controversial self-improvement group NXIVM. The primary episode debuts Sunday, Aug. 23 at 10:00 p.m. New episodes will air on the following Sundays.
NXIVM was based in 1998 by Keith Raniere and Nancy Salzman. Inside just a few years, it grew into an influential, worldwide group. It had hundreds of members, together with high-profile followers like Smallville actress Allison Mack and Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman.
NXIVM billed itself as a “an organization whose mission is to boost human consciousness, foster an moral humanitarian civilization, and have a good time what it means to be human,” in accordance with its official web site. It provided workshops and training. The Vow follows a variety of people that joined NXIVM, which disintegrated when felony costs have been introduced in opposition to its highest members.
The documentary takes a deep, nuanced have a look at the experiences of insiders and former members, spotlighting their “common want for private progress and their inside conflicts over occasions as they unfold,” in accordance with the press assertion. Former members overtly focus on their sense of duty as they face misplaced friendships, careers and the group they helped to construct over a decade. The collection takes viewers inside NXIVM, seen by way of the lens of former members who had devoted their lives to the corporate. The members started with a dedication to progress and a greater world fueled their devotion to NXIVM.