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The Cult at the End of the World (2007)

Michael Travesser says he's the Messiah and that God has told him the world will end with an apocalyptic event at midnight on 31 October 2007. As leader of a cult in a remote corner of New ... See full summary »

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Michael Travesser says he's the Messiah and that God has told him the world will end with an apocalyptic event at midnight on 31 October 2007. As leader of a cult in a remote corner of New Mexico called Strong City, this 66-year-old former sailor, previously called Wayne Bent, has spent nearly 20 years preparing his 56 unquestioning and devoted followers for Doomsday. They say they are all preparing for death, to go to a better place. As the programme delves into the world of Strong City, the program find out whether Michael Travesser is about to lead his cult to suicide. Will this be another tragedy like Jonestown or Waco? Or is Travesser just a skilful manipulator, who undermines his subjects before convincing them that he is the route to all wisdom? Our world did not come to an end on 31 October 2007 - but did theirs? Written by Anonymous

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12 December 2007 (UK) See more »

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New Mexico, USA

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£220,000 (estimated)
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Tremendously sad....and far from the complete story.
6 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This documentary concerns a filmmaker who was allowed to have access to a cult in New Mexico....and WHY they allowed this outside into their compound is confusing to say the least. Regardless, Ben Anthony and his crew were shocked, as soon after they began filming, the cult leader, Michael Travesser, was up on sexual abuse charges for his being intimate and naked with underaged members of the cult. What follows is a somewhat scary journey, as you are never sure what Travesser and his devoted followers will do next....suicide, murder or something else.

This documentary is well made and worth seeing. But it might also make you angry...I know it did with me. This is because the parents of one of the abused teens apparently had left the cult and left their underaged daughter in the cult! What?! What sort of parenting is that?! Unfortunately, you never know about this or Travesser's fate in this film....and I was forced to find out through Wikipedia.


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