This Saturday, August 7 at 11 p.m., the Lifetime channel premieres Escaping the cult NXIVM, a dramatic movie, based on a true story that strips one of America’s most gruesome sects.
Inspired by the book Captive: A Mother’s Crusade to Rescue Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult, of the actress Catherine Oxenberg (known for her work as Amanda Carrington in the series Dynasty), the film features the participation of herself as narrator and executive producer.
What you see is the shocking history of the NXIVM sect, led by Keith Raniere, and the tireless struggle they faced Oxenberg to rescue to his eldest daughter, India, which had been captured by that cult.
“Escaping the NXVIM Cult” finally reaches the cable of Argentina.
The film tells the twisted world of one of the most scandalous cults in the United States, which caught thousands of young women from across the country and targeted their minds and bodies.
In particular, The struggle of the actress trying to end the cult and free her daughter is detailed, who at that time refused to abandon their leader. To present her chilling tale, the author, addressing the camera directly, says: “Hi, I’m Catherine Oxenberg. My family was divided by horrible circumstances, but we were able to reunite. This is my story”.
NXIVM came to Oxenberg’s life through a friend, who took her to one of his business seminars. Catherine asked her 20-year-old daughter India to accompany her. At the time, he was struggling to maintain a fledgling gourmet business.
NXIVM presented itself as a “community guided by humanitarian principles that aims to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human.”
“Escaping the Cult NXVIM” will air Saturday the 7th on Lifetime.
A famous actress, accomplice
Escaping the cult NXIVM does not forget the key role of Allison Mack, the famous actress known for her role in the series Smallville (played by Sara Fletcher in the film), who became one of the leaders of the group and one of the main aides of Raniere.
Mack was busy recruiting more women to NXIVM’s DOS subgroup and subduing them as slaves.. When women were “chosen” for TWO they had to have sex with the leader and follow very strict diets in which they only consumed 500 calories up to date.
Also, as a symbol of belonging they were marked in his pelvic area with the initials KR (by Keith Ranieri). It was a sex cult from which it was not easy to escape: the organization had collected compromising images of the chosen ones to blackmail them into making them public if they ever revealed information about the secret society.
“Escaping the NXVIM Cult”, based on a true story.
What happened to the sect
Sarah Edmundson, a real-life NXIVM survivor, is also portrayed in the film (played by Allison Busner). He escaped the cult and helped bring it down with his testimony. Thanks in part to her, the inner workings were unmasked of the alleged self-help group and its leader Keith Raniere was arrested in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in March 2018.
He was convicted of extortion, sex trafficking and other crimes and he was sentenced to 120 years in prison. A month ago, Allison Mack, 38, was sentenced to three years in prison for her involvement in the cult. He pleaded guilty to racketeering and conspiracy and is expected to begin serving his sentence on September 29, 2021.
At the end of the movie, Oxenberg returns to the screen to address viewers again to explain the need to make his story public as a last resort to save your daughter. Catherine now heads the Catherine Oxenberg Foundation, an organization dedicated to prevent women from being sexually exploited and abused.