Tuesday, July 28, 2015 7:30pm
Los Angeles Premiere
Like any good religious tale, it boils down to sex, greed, and the preservation of wealth. When Warren Jeffs rose to lead the Fundamentalist Church of LatterDay Saints (FLDS), he brought his dictatorial and sadistic desires to bear on a society that was all too vulnerable to exploitation. The FLDS was already a paternalistic religion with a history of polygamous and underaged marriage, yet Warren managed to expand these practices in unprecedented ways, bridging the gap between sister wives and ecclesiastically justified rape. This film examines Warren Jeffs’ life to show how he seized control of people’s lives and an organization worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Warren has a devout following, numbering in the tens of thousands – many who would give their life at any moment with just one word from the Prophet. Despite a trail of abuse and ruined lives, Warren has maintained his grip on power and created a more obedient following. Meanwhile, the world has turned a blind eye toward his fundamentalist fiefdom in Southern Utah. This film explores what others have not. The FLDS story has been told before, but no one has been able to look past the atrocities and understand how the man behind the curtain came to be there. Experts Jon Krakauer and Sam Brower help us understand: how did a man like Warren Jeffs raise himself to lead an entire religion?
Directed by Academy-Award nominated filmmaker, Amy Berg, Prophet’s Prey premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.