Coming in September 2016 

    The close-knit religious sect called Buddhafield formed in the 1980s in West Hollywood and aspired to an artistic utopian communal life. It was led by a mysterious, charismatic guru, who called himself Michel - pictured here. Gradually, several Buddhafield members came to grow disenchanted with Michel and allege emotional manipulation and even physical abuse by Michel.

    CNN Films 'Holy Hell'

    "Holy Hell" reveals an intimate, never-before-seen world inside Buddhafield, a mysterious spiritual sect that filmmaker Will Allen joined and became its unofficial documentarian for 22 years. Premieres Thursday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

Previous CNN Films 

  • Unraveling the myth

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  • The Hunting Ground

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  • CNN Films Presents "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me"

    Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me

    A beautiful, funny, inspiring film about music superstar Glen Campbell's struggle with Alzheimer's disease before and throughout his sold-out "Goodbye Tour."
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    Fresh Dressed

    The influence of fashion in hip-hop culture. Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nas, Pusha T and many others.
  • Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story

    Despite 20 years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, Kristin Beck says her struggle for acceptance as a transgender American represents her most difficult mission.
  • Life Itself

    When Roger Ebert died in 2013 after battling cancer, he was arguably the world's most famous film critic. "Life Itself" is a revealing documentary based on Ebert's memoir.
  • Dinosaur 13

    CNN Films' "Dinosaur 13" documents the discovery of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found -- and the incredible legal battle to determine who owned it.
  • Ivory Tower

    "Ivory Tower" questions the cost, value and methods of America's higher education system. The documentary explores a potential crisis that could touch an entire generation of young Americans.
  • Whitey: US v. James J. Bulger

    "Whitey: US v. James J. Bulger" details the capture and conviction of the notorious Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.