Oct 2 – Oct 8
Facets Cinematheque 1517 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Prophet’s Prey is a disturbing and shocking examination of Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. When Warren Jeffs rose to lead the FLDS he brought his dictatorial and sadistic desires to bear on a society that was all too vulnerable to exploitation. The FLDS was already a paternalistic religion with a history of polygamous and underaged marriage, yet Warren managed to expand these practices in unprecedented ways, bridging the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically-justified rape. Like any good religious tale, it boils down to sex, greed, and the preservation of wealth.
Prophet’s Prey explores what others have not. Berg looks beyond the atrocities in an attempt to understand how the man behind the curtain came to be there. Experts Jon Krakauer and Sam Brower lend further explanation on how a man like Jeffs raised himself to lead an entire religion.