Nominated Grand Jury Prize, Los Angeles Film Festival
Winner of Special Jury Award, Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival
Nominated Grand Jury Vancouver Film Festival
JOIN US follows the story of four families who escape a church they realize may actually be a cult, and check into the only accredited live-in cult treatment center in America, so they can try to be deprogrammed off the mind control. At Wellspring Treatment Center, they learn the eight techniques of mind control so they can begin to unravel how they were convinced to give up control of their lives to the Pastor and severely abuse their children. As they emerge from the safety of the treatment facility, the ex-cult members return to their homes, struggling to build normal lives and bring their former Pastor to justice. JOIN US also gives a voice to the cult leader and his wife as they work to rebuild their congregation and cope with the betrayal of their church family. Using an intimate, verité-style, including hidden cameras, the filmmakers paint a human portrait of the power of mind control, and all of our susceptibility to it. The film also attempts to answer why America is the world’s number one breeding ground for cults.
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