Follow the spectacular rise and fall of an audacious American guru in How I Created a Cult
How did Andrew Cohen go from devotion to denouncement?
Watch How I Created a Cult on BBC Select
Charismatic but controversial spiritual cult leader Andrew Cohen was one of the most notorious gurus in recent history. His organization, EnlightenNext, collected millions of dollars from devotees and became a lucrative global empire. But soon Cohen’s devotees began to report tales of psychological abuse, extortion and coercive control.
Featuring archive footage and in-depth interviews with group members and Cohen himself, this BBC documentary series reveals what life was like inside the cult, and asks: how did a seemingly-idealistic spiritual venture succumb to corruption, greed and exploitation? And why do so many of these groups end in turmoil and tragedy?
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