HBO Documentary Films is currently in production on a documentary series exploring the NXIVM organization, by Oscar(R)-nominated, Emmy(R)-winning directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer (“The Square,” “Control Room,” “Startup.com”).
The series follows a range of people who joined the self-improvement group NXIVM. The organization has been under siege, with charges including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy brought against its highest members, most notably founder Keith Raniere. The show will take a deep, nuanced look at experiences of its members, spotlighting their universal desire for personal growth.
Jehane Noujaim’s interest in the subject began in 2010 when she took NXIVM’s introductory “Executive Success Program” workshop. She brings an illuminating perspective to the media spectacle surrounding this polarized community as it faces federal investigation.
Amidst claims by NXIVM participants of both profound transformation and devastating abuse, the series, like Noujaim and Amer’s previous films, seeks to reveal the issues behind the headlines and explore the emotional toll of unfolding events on these individuals.