Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief



And if by chance

it ever seems laborious

or a sacrifice,

Then you are looking

at the offramps instead

of the highway.

You are missing

the signpost up ahead,

The one that reads,

"next stop, infinity."

Probably my favorite concept

of scientology

Is a world

without criminality,

A world without war,

and a world without insanity.

And i know

of no other group

That their goals

are that clear.

Look, i don't--

you name me another philosophy,

Religion, or technology

That one of its main goals--

besides the three

i mentioned earlier--

Where joy

is the operative concept.

These are

the times now, people.

Okay? These are the times

we will all remember.

Were you there?

What did you do?

So what do you say?

Can we clean this place up?



Because we're counting on you.


All right?

To lrh!







Scientology is such a subject

of fascination for people.

How did you get engaged

in the story?

Well, i've always

been interested in religions

And why people believe

one idea rather than another.

I've studied jonestown,

radical islam.

They're oftentimes

good-hearted people--

Idealistic, but full of

a kind of crushing certainty

That eliminates doubt.

You know, my goal

wasn't to write an expos.

It was simply

to understand scientology,

Trying to understand

what people get out of it.

You know, why do they

go into it in the first place?

I was

interested in intelligent

and skeptical people

Who are drawn

into a belief system

And wind up acting

on those beliefs

In ways they never

thought they would.

The church of scientology

turned out to be

Two offices

above a woolworth's store.

He asked me,

"what's ruining your life?"

I said,

"oh, i'm in love.

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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