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The Cult Next Door (2017)

The extraordinary story of the Maoist cult that came to light when 3 women emerged from a small flat in Brixton, South London in 2013. A tiny political sect formed in the 1970s had turned into a bizarre religious cult.

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Vanessa Engle

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Cast

Credited cast:
Aravindan Balakrishnan Aravindan Balakrishnan ... Himself (archive footage)
Chanda Balakrishnan Chanda Balakrishnan ... Herself (archive footage)
Peter Clement Peter Clement ... Himself - Prosecutor
Paul Flewers Paul Flewers ... Himelf - Former Trotskyist
Yvonne Hall Yvonne Hall ... Herself
Josephine Herivel Josephine Herivel ... Herself (archive footage) (as Josie Herivel)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Katy Morgan-Davies Katy Morgan-Davies ... Herself
Steve Rayner Steve Rayner ... Himself - Anthropologist
John Shatford John Shatford ... Himself - Ex-Metropolitan Police (as Jon Shatford)
Gerard Stocks Gerard Stocks ... Himself
Sally Unwin Sally Unwin ... Herself
Aisha Wahab Aisha Wahab ... Herself
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Vanessa Engle tells one of the most bizarre and extraordinary stories to occur in London in recent years. In 2013, three women emerged from a small flat in the Brixton area of South London after decades of captivity. The women had been members of a strange cult that started as a left-wing political group in the 1970s. A charismatic young student of Indian origin, Aravindan Balakrishnan, believed in an international communist revolution and created a tiny political sect that followed the teachings of Chinese leader Chairman Mao - and attracted a largely female membership. However, as time went on this left-wing collective evolved into a truly bizarre pseudo-religious cult worshipping Balakrishnan as a god and using an unhinged and brutal regime of terror, brainwashing, threats and violence to ensure that its members were too terrified to leave. Engle interviews two former members, Aisha Wahab, a 72-year-old Malaysian woman who was part of Balakrishnan's ... Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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26 January 2017 (UK) See more »

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