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Louis Theroux attempts to infiltrate the world of Scientology in his new film

Louis Theroux's My Scientology Movie takes a deep dive into the strange and controversial world of Scientology. The documentarian discusses the process behind making this film, and the Church of Scientology's response.
Louis Theroux's latest documentary film, My Scientology Movie, is a deep dive into the strange world of Scientology. (KinoSmith)

When documentary maker Louis Theroux reached out to the Church of Scientology, to try to create a film about this controversial religion, they swiftly rebuffed his requests. But that didn't stop Theroux. 

Theroux's latest film, My Scientology Movie, finds ways around its topic including re-enactments of accounts from the former senior executive of Scientology, Marty Rathbun. Also, the film follows Theroux's (sometimes hilarious) attempts at infiltrating the church. 

"I was trying to understand Scientology almost from the perspective of a Scientologist," he explains. "And it's quite a funny religion. We're not talking about ISIS [...] We're not talking about beheadings or hostage-taking, so I think comedy is an appropriate genre for the movie to take place in."

My Scientology Movie is out now in Toronto, and will be available in other cities in Canada soon.

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