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Scientology doc 'Going Clear' airing Sunday on HBO

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Academy Award-winning documentary director Alex Gibney ( Taxi to the Dark Side , Mea Maxima Culpa ) trains his investigative lens on the Church of…
Sam Painter

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, a documentary about the Scientology organization, arrived in a handful of theaters on March 13, but now anyone with a HBO subscription can see it: The film airs on the network Sunday night.

Alex Gibney directed the doc, which is based on Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book of a similar name: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. Neither the book nor the film portray the organization, which includes famous followers like actor Tom Cruise, in a positive light. 

“The film doesn’t necessarily ask you to go out and write a letter to the IRS or beckon stars to come forward,” HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins told EW earlier in March. “But I think [Gibney and Wright], having worked so hard and so long and so accurately on this, feel that something needs to be shaken. Something needs to be done.”

The film premiered at Sundance to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Read EW’s here, and watch Going Clear on HBO on Sunday at 8 p.m.

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