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Uploaded on Aug 27, 2008
Formerly a sailor called Wayne Bent, Michael Travesser is the leader of a cult in New Mexico called Strong City.
His 56 followers - men, women and children - hang on his every word, serving him with absolute and unquestioning devotion. They say they are all preparing for death, to go to a better place as Michael claims his days on earth are numbered.
With unprecedented access, this compelling film takes viewers into an undiscovered world, into the heart of a cult whose members are preparing to meet their maker. Film-maker Ben Anthony discovers just how a cult operates and how a leader like Michael exerts his influence.
Sixty-six-year-old Travesser has a mesmerizing hold over the members of the cult. Anthony hears teenage girls talking about wanting a sexual consummation with their Leader, discovers that this consummation extended to Travesser's own son's wife and meets parents who are desperately trying to price their children from his grip.
Strong City have also come to the attention of the FBI, who are keeping a close watch over the group. As the program delves deeper in to the world of Strong City, it asks whether Michael Travesser is about to lead his cult to a tragedy of Jonestown or Waco proportions and ultimately whether he's really a master manipulator: an expert spin doctor who brainwashes his followers simply to serve his own ends?
He claims that 31 October 2007 is Doomsday and at midnight on that date there will be an event of apocalyptic proportions, marking the end of the world.
What happens to Strong City and their Messiah on 31 October? The countdown to Doomsday has begun.
Well it's now August of 2008 so we know the end of the world never happened and probably never will. This is a very interesting and disturbing documentary, a must see.