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How I Created a Cult    

Information
Series 1: 3x60 | HD | 2019
Production Company
Conscious Life

For the first time, go inside the mind of a notorious American guru as he confesses How I Created A Cult. Featuring in depth interviews from his devotees detailing psychological abuse, extortion, unrelenting domination and control over their personal and professional lives, this three-part documentary mini-series examines the path to corruption from idealistic beginnings to the crumble of a worldwide spiritual empire worth millions. Through 25 years of archive footage, photos and exclusive interviews, How I Created A Cult examines what attracts people to charismatic leaders and how the best of intentions can turn dark when authoritarian power structures benefit those in power.

How I Created A Cult is about more than just one man and his organization, it is a deep exploration of how absolute power corrupts, the danger of charismatic leaders, and the ultimate risk of surrendering everything to anyone or anything.

Chosen as a TBI Hot Pick!

"He was the guide to my deepest experiences and the one who caused the most pain "
- Former student of Andrew Cohen

Episode 3: The Fall

Andrew Cohen’s students achieve a breakthrough in the evolution of consciousness, and their guru claims credit after years of psychological abuse, pressure and demands for surrender. After 25 years, Andrew’s most senior students begin to question his authority and unwillingness to adapt as a teacher

Episode 2: Pressure & Isolation

The devoted students of Andrew Cohen buy a three-million-dollar compound where they can study the teachings and be closer to their guru. Quickly, Andrew’s ambitions result in extreme tactics to test his students’ commitment to him. Students report psychological abuse including simulated amputations and ridiculing cartoons. A group stays in freezing cold water to the point of hypothermia as punishment.

Episode 1

American Andrew Cohen gains enlightenment on a trip to India. Quickly dozens of people leave their lives to follow their new guru to California. Marriages and families are torn apart as people surrender every hour of their lives to Andrew’s demands. The structures of power domination and control designed by Andrew change their idealistic desire for awakening into the trappings of a cult.