VICE TV, America’s fastest growing entertainment cable network, announced today VICE VERSA: Crusaders,a fascinating and disturbing documentary that uncovers a massive cover-up of corruption, abuse and mind control within a global religious organization: the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The special will premiere Wednesday, July 28th at 9:00 pm ET / PT on VICE TV.
Amid ongoing reckonings of religious organizations worldwide, Jehovah’s Witnesses continue to maintain a carefully curated message of faith and an almost unblemished public veneer. To conceal their own corruption, the organization has systematically shamed and silenced victims and ostracized those who dare confront their ways. In this groundbreaking new documentary, VICE VERSA: Crusaders offers unparalleled access into one of the most calculated global religious organizations. Leading this charge is Director Aaron Kaufman, known for his work with Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Spread), a former third generation Jehovah’s Witness who faced shunning by his family after starting a four year investigation into the ways in which the Jehovah’s Witnesses have protected pedophiles within their congregations and into the true nature of the organization.
“After witnessing firsthand the cycle of abuse that runs deep within the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I could not rest until the dark truth of this organization was brought to light,“ said Director Aaron Kaufman. “VICE VERSA: Crusaders exposes those who use their immense power and influence to maintain control in the name of God.”
Through revealing interviews with whistleblowers and access to leaked documents, VICE VERSA: Crusaders gives viewers an unprecedented look into this extremely guarded organization. In speaking to former members and one current witness, this revealing film aims to confront the cycle of abuse that runs deep within.
VICE VERSA: Crusaders is a part of VICE TV’s VICE VERSA franchise, a series of independent documentary specials that serve as a hub for compelling storytelling that challenges the status quo. Other specials have included: VICE VERSA: Fear of a Black Quarterback; VICE VERSA: Chyna; VICE VERSA: College $ports, Inc.; VICE VERSA: The Neglected Pandemic, 40 Years of HIV & AIDS; VICE VERSA: One Man and His Shoes; VICE Versa: Bernie Blackout; and VICE VERSA: Meghan Markle Escaping The Crown.
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VICE VERSA: Crusaders is directed by Aaron Kaufman and executive produced by Lauren Terp. Executive producers for Moxie Pictures include Daniel Levinson and Robert Fernandez. The special is produced in association with RYOT’s Callie Barlow and Hayley Papas. Executive producers for VICE Studios are Danny Gabai and Andrew Freston. Executive producer for VICE TV is Catherine Whyte. Senior Development Manager for VICE TV is Tara Nadolny.
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VICE Studios upcoming original productions include Flee, World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance 2021, six-part documentary series Pride for FX and Moments Like This Never Last which premiered at DOCNYC. Launched in 2017, VICE Studios productions include Chris Smith’s Emmy-nominated Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond and Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened (Netflix); feature film The Report starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening (Amazon); Diego Osorno’s 1994 (Netflix), Dark Side of the Ring (VICE TV), AKA Jane Roe (FX), and Satanic Verses (BBC).
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