‘The Vow’ Filmmakers on Showing NXIVM as More Than a ‘Sex Cult’



  • Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, directors of “The Vow,” HBO’s limited series about NXIVM, never want to hear the organization referred to as only “a sex cult” again.

    Although NXIVM made major news headlines three years ago, first with a New York Times story about DOS, a group-within-the-group that was collecting embarrassing material on its members (called “collateral”), as well as branding them and in some cases allegedly manipulating them into sexual situations, the group itself was founded in 1998 as a self-proclaimed “multi-level marketing company.” Co-founder Keith Raniere led thousands of workshops and classes on self-improvement and self-actualization, and the company opened centers around the world.
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