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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 this mesmerising documentary as well as many other history and psychological programs on BBC Select – a new streaming service on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app.

Charismatic but controversial spiritual 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 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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BBC Select is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app for only $4.99 a month. Start your free 7-day trial today to enjoy BBC Select on Smart TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Restrictions apply*.

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BBC Select is available on Amazon Prime Video Channels and the Apple TV app for only $4.99 a month. Start your free 7-day trial today to enjoy BBC Select on Smart TVs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Restrictions apply*.