Keep Sweet: The Cult of Warren Jeffs and FLDS

Keep Sweet: The Cult of Warren Jeffs and FLDS
 

The Netflix docuseries Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey tells the chilling story of Warren Jeffs and his rise in the Fundamentalist Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS), an offshoot of the mainstream Mormon church.

FLDS members practice polygamy and assign women husbands by divine revelation to the prophet, in this case, Warren Jeffs. The church turned into a cult under Jeffs’ leadership, and its practices led to concerns from outsiders about underage marriage and statutory rape.

But no one was prepared for the shocking crimes perpetrated by Warren Jeffs himself, who remains the prophet of FLDS to the present day, despite being in prison.

The docuseries, directed and produced by Emmy-winning filmmaker Rachel Dretzin, looks at both the ways in which Warren and his father transformed the group, but also at the hunt for, and ultimately, conviction of Warren for crimes against children.

“The strongest thing about this story is that it tells you a lot about human nature and the ways that these things can happen.” – Rachel Dretzin

Time Stamps:

00:00 – The trailer for Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey.
04:55 – A synopsis of what the docuseries is about. 
06:09 – The main practices of the Fundamentalist Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 
07:20 – Warren Jeffs and the disturbing practices he was involved with. 
11:55 – What life was like for women in the FDLS. 
14:28 – Who was responsible for unearthing the crimes that Warren Jeffs was involved in.
17:05 – The ‘chosen members’ Warren Jeffs brought to Texas. 
22:45 – How people can be brainwashed to such a large extent. 
24:57 – How Rachel Dretzin got involved with the making of Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey. 
28:39 – The difficulty of having victims relive their trauma for the documentary. 
31:15 – The continuation of the FLDS and Warren Jeffs. 
33:15 – The next projects Rachel Dretzin is working on. 

Resources:

Keep Sweet: Prey and Obey (2022)
MovieMaker Magazine
Innersound Audio
Alamo Pictures

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