Alex Gibney turns his gaze to Scientology in this provocative documentary based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright - a tale of ego, exploitation and lust for power. 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, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. Fearless and fascinating, this latest cinematic opus is a powerful exploration of the psychological impact of blind faith: what Lawrence Wright calls the prison of belief.
The 9/11 attacks were one of the biggest terrorist atrocities of the 21st century. This horrific event has generated a multitude of outlandish conspiracy theories. Comedian Andrew Maxwell believes the findings of the official US Government investigation that laid responsibility for the attacks on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. In order to change their minds by confronting them with the facts, he takes five young Brits who believe in different elements of these conspiracy theories on a road trip from New York to Washington.
How did trafficking in conspiracy theories move from the fringes of US politics into the White House? This documentary examines how once-fringe conspiracy theories came to be wielded as a tool at the highest levels of American politics.
A tense cat-and-mouse narrative about a jihadi sleeper cell planning a massacre at an iconic British event. Faced with this scenario, real counterterrorism experts reveal the tactics being used to try and foil such plots, showing how elite decision-makers in the police, the government and the security services work together to prevent a terrorist outrage. All the while they have to balance the impact of their decisions on civil liberties and public safety, while grappling with the complex legal and moral questions surrounding counterterrorism.
In the lead-up to the Invictus Games, Kumi Taguchi explores the work of writer Sarah Sentilles, whose latest book Draw Your Weapons wrestles with some crucial and relevant questions.
Presenters from the Centre for Public Christianity investigate some of the worst that Christians have served up over the centuries, while tracing the origins of Western values like human rights, charity and humility.
In this funny, heart-warming and revealing episode, we speak to kids from around Australia - from the city to the country - about families, friendships, screen time, bullying, sex, death, and the internet.
In 1994, a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later, he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn't the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It's only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn.
We speak to eight Australians who live in public housing to ask them the tough questions, such as: why do you get a house for doing nothing?
We ask six Olympic gold medallists and one Paralympic gold medallist about winning. Is it all it's cracked up to be? What does it take to be the best in the world?
Eight people talk about what it's like to live with HIV. While the disease is no longer life-threatening - or even contagious - with the right medication, the fear and stigma it still carries for many is life-changing.
By the end of this episode, you'll have met eight remarkable people on the autism spectrum, and been given eight unique windows into a world we rarely, if ever, hear about.
What does it do to someone, ending a life? In this episode, each of the people you'll meet woke up one morning feeling like an ordinary person, and went to bed forever changed.
From skid marks, unwanted erections, periods, bum towels and inappropriate advances, no topic is off-limits in this funny and heartfelt look at body image, self-love and what it means to chill in the nude.
It's crunch time for the Catholic Church in Australia. Reform won't be easy and requires the involvement of Catholic men and women at all levels of the church. Geraldine Doogue examines the tensions.
Reverend Jide Macaulay, an openly gay Church of England minister, wants to marry his boyfriend despite the Church not recognising same-sex marriage.
Aileen Harrison, a retired farmer living on the rich plains of the Darling Downs in Southern Queensland, finds new meaning in life as she fights to stop a coal mine that threatens the future of the farms in her region.
Street performer Paul Cooper has an unlikely ally in his ongoing battle with anxiety and depression - his robot, Tubby. A poignant exploration of family, mental illness and the transformative power of creativity.
A remarkable love story about a married couple who transcended gender roles, and a community that came together to support a transgender woman in pursuit of her dream.
Catholic high school graduates spend their gap year in Thailand teaching English to children of a Karen community and begin to question what they are doing there: voluntourism or ethical use of charitable resources?
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