This first-ever global progamming event created for Crime + Investigation channels focuses on cults and twisted faith around the world.

Read more: Interview with Elizabeth Vargas

Building on its rich, 20+ year legacy in the true crime space, A+E NETWORKS® announces Twisted Faith, its first Primetime programming event across its global flagship channel Crime + Investigation on DStv Channel 170, and streaming live on DStv Now. The seven-day block will feature a strong lineup of original content and new season premieres of continuing series Crime + Investigation channels around the world will kick off the event the week of 18 November 2018, on the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre. The announcement was made today by Sean Cohan, President, International & Digital Media, A+E Networks.

“Twisted Faith was created for Crime + Investigation's highly engaged, loyal viewers, many of whom represent life’s investigators – smart, curious students of human behavior,” said Cohan. “The event is an optimal platform to exploit the channel’s strong pipeline of cults and twisted faith related programming, while providing significant opportunities for localization as we present investigations of universal and broader themes across the week.” 

This first-ever global programming event created for Crime + Investigation channels focuses on cults and twisted faith around the world. The weeklong initiative will premiere new hours of programming headlined by A&E Indie Film No Greater Law; as well as new episodes of the original investigative series Cults and Extreme Belief featuring Emmy® Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas.

The event will air in over 100 territories around the world including in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Poland, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Southeast Asia. 

Twisted Faith global premieres on Crime + Investigation:

No Greater Law From A&E Indie Films, No Greater Law explores Idaho’s Treasure Valley, a pastoral and devout corner of what was once America’s western frontier, where worldly and fundamentalist ideas of faith clash. With some beliefs affecting literal life and death consequences, in a domain where church and state lines blur, child fatalities linked to faith healing and medical neglect occur largely without scrutiny. Parents who refuse medical care for their children in the name of God are immune from prosecution, and religious freedom is elevated above all else.

No Greater Law introduces audiences to the families, beliefs and primeval rejection of compromise behind an elusive and private faith healing church known as the Followers of Christ. As an effort grows by outsiders and the local sheriff's office to confront an issue they say puts children at risk, the conflict tests the politicians and legality of exemptions that support and protect the church’s way of life. Exploring the narrative and ideological rift with empathy for all involved, the film unveils the changing landscape of a highly religious and individualistic state, and country, and lays bare a cultural fracture in the American religious psyche.

Cults and Extreme Belief  features Emmy® Award-winning journalist Elizabeth Vargas, who has traveled the world reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews. Now, in this explosive series, she lifts the lid on life inside some of the world’s most controversial organizations, exposing their manipulative tactics and destructive belief systems. From the self-help group NXIVM and the Twelve Tribes to the United Nation of Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and The Family, each episode takes an immersive look at one group through the eyes of past devotees and gets perspective from believers and leaders who are still inside. Read the revealing interview with Elizabeth Vargas.

Escaping Polygamy Season Three begins more than 10 years after four sisters escape from “the Order,” a secretive polygamous cult in Salt Lake City. Now Andrea, Jessica, Shannell, and Kollene devote their lives to helping other young men, women, and children break free from polygamous groups and adjust to life on the outside. In Season 3, the women continue their dangerous mission, with Jessica even taking a public and political stance against polygamy in a controversial hearing before Utah’s legislature.

Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: The Jehovah’s Witnesses on the heels of the Emmy Award-winning series, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, this new special features Leah Remini and Mike Rinder as they shine a light on the Jehovah’s Witnesses, giving voice to former members who share their stories of trauma and survival. 

  

Additional premium originals anchoring the lineup:

Jonestown: The Women Behind the Massacre is a powerful special that reveals a fascinating, never-before-seen angle about four women who helped cult leader Jim Jones plan and carry out the 1978 Jonestown massacre in Guyana, which left 918 men, women, and children dead. The mass murder/suicides by poison is widely remembered as one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. 

Warren Jeffs: Prophet of Evil exposes Warren Jeffs, prophet to an estimated 15,000 followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), who married at least 78 wives, had more than 50 children, and controlled millions of dollars for the church before going to jail for two felony counts of child sexual assault in 2011. This two-hour special pulls back the curtain on FLDS to reveal Jeffs’ darkest secrets. 

Waco: Madman or Messiah Few had ever heard of the Branch Davidians and their leader David Koresh until the events of February 28, 1993 when a raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on their center close to Waco, Texas, left four agents and six of the religious sect dead. It led to a 51-day stand-off with the FBI, the longest in US law-enforcement history, ending in a tragic fire which killed an additional 76 members of the Branch Davidian community including 22 children. Who was David Koresh and why were many Branch Davidians prepared to die for him? Was he a con man or an anointed messenger of God sent to warn his followers of the imminent end of the world? With Koresh’s own voice taken from many previously never-before-seen FBI negotiation tapes, nine Branch Davidians will now tell their emotional story from the inside.