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TV Preview: The Cult Next Door + Q&A

The Cult Next Door
Thursday, 12 January 2017 - 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London
The BBC’s new documentary telling the story of a Maoist cult exposed in 2013. Followed by a Q&A with director Vanessa Engle and editor Paul Carlin.

Directed by Vanessa Engle (Love You to Death: A Year of Domestic Violence, Inside Harley Street), this documentary traces the group back to its roots in the 1970s, describing how its leader, Aravindan Balakrishnan, believed in an international communist revolution and created a tiny political sect following the teachings of China’s Chairman Mao.

With exclusive access to interviews with two of the women who escaped, including Balakrishnan’s daughter who was born and raised in captivity, this film documents how the members were controlled, threatened and brainwashed so they were too terrified to leave.

Q&A hosted by Stephen Armstrong.

Members' booking opens Wednesday 7 December at 09.30

Public booking opens Friday 9 December at 12.30

Tickets will be available to collect from reception prior to this event