The original docuseries Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult is soon set to make its debut on Starz in the U.S. and the StarzPlay streaming service in the U.K.
The four-part docuseries takes viewers through an intimate, first-person account of the self-help group-turned-destructive sex cult NXIVM. It chronicles the journey of India Oxenberg—the daughter of actress Catherine Oxenberg and a descendant of European royalty—who was seduced into NXIVM. Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult will bow on both Starz in the U.S. and StarzPlay in the U.K. on October 18.
Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult is both about a mother trying to save her daughter and recovery from trauma, following India’s seduction, indoctrination, enslavement, escape and her role in assisting the U.S. government with bringing down Keith Raniere and his criminal enterprise. The series also showcases extensive insider footage and exposes the inner circle of enablers around Keith Raniere.
The series comes from the filmmaking team of Cecilia Peck and Inbal B. Lessner, who collaborated on Brave Miss World. The executive producers with Daniel Voll, Alexandra Milchan and India Oxenberg. Peck also serves as director and Lessner serves as lead editor.
Peck said: “I had been targeted for recruitment by NXIVM, so the subject was of personal interest. In many ways, India could be anyone’s daughter. She was a young woman victimised by a serial predator, and I wanted to find out how this 19-year-old girl had become indoctrinated. There was a fearless quality to her inquiry that we were drawn to.”
Lessner added: “The most common question people have is ‘Why didn’t she get up and leave when no one was forcing her to stay? The brave women who shared their stories with us have struggled with self-blame and shame for falling prey to this cult. All of their voices were instrumental in telling a very complex story, which we hope shines a light on systematic manipulation and coercion.”