Nicknamed The Believers, this four-part series follows presenter Charlet Duboc as she explores four different kinds of spiritual communities.
One spiritual movement believes being armed with AR-15’s is the path which leads to building God’s kingdom on Earth.
Another episode follows VICE to Arkansas in USA where a Satanic Temple has found its home.
A third follows a guru who believes his teachings are enough to “upgrade” civilization to its next step.
And finally, the fourth episode follows an online spiritual community rallying behind an online cult called Unicult.
Episode 1: Iron Kingdom
In this episode of Believers, host Charlet Duboc meets Pastor Sean Moon and the believers of the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary.
Its a church that has origins in Korea, is based in the US, and has been accused of being a cult to understand why they believe they need guns to build God’s Kingdom on Earth.
Episode 2: The Devil Comes To Arkansas
VICE’s Charlet Duboc travels to Little Rock Arkansas to meet with Lucien Greaves and the members of the Satanic Temple.
Here he’s investigating why they’re trying to install a statue of Baphomet in protest of religious freedom on the Capitol’s lawn.
Episode 3: Civilization Upgraders
Bentinho Massaro has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media, supporters the spiritual guru gained through his teachings about “self-realization,” “enlightenment,” and the idea of “upgrading civilization.”
While some of his ideas are pretty standard, like the importance of silent meditation, others are controversial: he’s said that 9/11 was an inside job, that he can change the weather, and that humans might one day join forces with aliens.
For an inside look at Massaro’s teachings, VICE documentaries went to one of his retreats in the Netherlands, speaking with his colleagues, his followers, and Massaro himself to try to understand exactly what the appeal is—and what he makes of the accusations against him.
Episode 4: Digital Salvation
Unicult is not your typical cult.
Founded in 2012 by self proclaimed pop-spiritual leader Unicole Unicron, this mostly online group and its millennial following studies everything from crystals to aliens and seeks to empower each other to seek joy on earth.
- Release date2019
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Matt Seget, Daniel Brothers
- Part of the seriesThe Believers
- Production companyVICE Productions