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.
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?
Perth-based burns surgeon Fiona Wood talks to Geraldine Doogue about the power of the place she nominates as her sacred space: the operating theatre.
Robots are increasingly used with children on the autism spectrum. So what are the ethical and moral implications of using robots to teach children social life skills?
Driven by a deep Christian belief to help others less fortunate, three Polish missionaries devote their lives to caring for people, providing basic health care and education to people in remote parts of PNG.
Baptist Minister Karina Kreminski is well known in the neighbourhood for her blog Surry Hills and Valleys. We explore Karina's theology, life story and her views about the life and times of Surry Hills locals.
At Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital, clinical and theatrical expertise are brought together to provide groundbreaking opportunities for people living with the devastating effects of a stroke.
Photographer Hoda Afshar's experience of migration to Australia has redefined her relationship with Iran, Islam and her art. Her portrait of author/refugee Behrouz Boochani won last year's Bowness Photography Prize.
Strong connections are forged when girls from a Sydney high school travel to Brewarrina to play netball with a team of young Indigenous people. They meet Elders and hear stories of past injustices and dreams for the future.
Deborah Cheetham, proud Yorta Yorta woman, opera singer, composer and entrepreneur talks to Geraldine Doogue about her deep connection to her country in regional Victoria.
Explores the religious complexities of Sri Lanka through the experience of an Australian-Sri Lankan family, the De Silvas, and people from other faiths who live in the island nation.
This filmmaker and playwright also studied electrical engineering. His great passion is bringing people to Christ. As a child, he fled the Congo, then had eight years in a camp before being accepted as a refugee to Australia.
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