The highly-anticipated documentary called Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief has just had its trailer released, and YouTube is already reporting the trailer video as one of their most popular on February 20 after just under 24 hours. Although Going Clear doesn't premiere until Sunday, March 29 at 8 p.m. on HBO, buzz is accompanying this new trailer, which has already received more than 65,000 views in about 22 hours.
The fact that the book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright exposed the underbelly of the Church of Scientology brought interest in the mysterious religion. Alex Gibney and Lawrence Wright's documentary Going Clear took it one step further, and caused Scientologists to take out a full page ad in both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times to claim that Going Clear contained lies, according to CBS News. The publication also notes that when ex-Scientology members attended the premiere of Going Clear, two of them said that Scientology investigators followed them and took pictures of them at the Salt Lake City airport.
A lot of people admitted how good they felt when they first joined Scientology, admit the filmmakers behind Going Clear in an extended YouTube clip interview. However, they go on to talk about the abuses incurred once people began to pay more money to the church and rise up in levels. One woman was being punished for some infraction, and her child was taken away from her, claim the filmmakers, and she later went to check on her little girl -- only to discover to her horror that the child was dirty, hadn't had her diaper changed in days, was sick, and her eyes were encrusted with mucus. There were also fruit flies all around the baby. What's worse, claims Alex Gibney, is that John Travolta knew of this instance of child neglect and abuse -- as did Tom Cruise, he states, concerning other instances of mistreatment of parishioners and their children by the so-called church.
Meanwhile, the Church of Scientology is busy buying Google ads about Alex Gibney's film, leading people to FreedomMag.org, asking provocative questions and hoping folks won't see the documentary.
"Did you know Alex Gibney refused to meet with 25 actual Church reps?"
Those Google ads, however, don't seem like they'll stop the interest in the Going Clear movie, which will expose strange beliefs about volcanos and aliens from people who actually lived the Scientology life.
"Someone had told me there's this cult, and it can make anything possible."
"They sell it all in the beginning as something quite logical. You just don't see it happening to you."
"I was deeply convinced that we were all going to save the world."
"You take on a matrix of thought that's not your own."
"There is no logical explanation other than faith."
[Image via Going Clear, HBO]