Facets Cinémathèque

October 2–8, 2015

Chicago Premiere

Prophet's Prey

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"Comprehensive, disturbing and utterly fascinating"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"Grim but riveting viewing... Prophet's Prey is simultaneously enervating and infuriating"
  —Village Voice
"The year's creepiest horror film may very well be Amy Berg's hushed, powerful documentary portrait of systematized evil"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Unnerving, sometimes infuriating"
  —New York Times
"Gripping... the lasting power of Prey is its grim insight into the mentality of the deceived"
"[Amy Berg's] Prophet's Prey is (yet another) essential artifact from one of our finest documentarians"
"Prophet's Prey is a horror film about one of many devoted mini-armies that exist in their own world within the United States, largely unquestioned by the federal government"
  —Slant Magazine
3 stars "Compelling and terrifying... what it says is scarier than any horror film this year"
Recommended "Devastating"
  —NewCity Chicago
"Unnerving... The movie finds what solace it can in giving voice to those who escaped this church's grasp"
  —Chicago Tribune

An engrossing expose of the sexual abuse within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS), this scorching documentary captures tyrannical leader Warren Jeffs' journey from rising religious fanatic to convicted felon. Oscar nominee Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis) interviews ex-members of the isolated polygamist community who share brutal accounts of the psychological control Jeffs once wielded, and in some cases still does. Gripping first-person accounts from former members and descendants of FLDS leadership paint a harrowing portrait where women are property, and men are forced to comply with the oppressive guidelines or face expulsion from their own families. Accompanied by a solemn, beautiful score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Prophet's Prey confronts the trauma FLDS fostered, condemning its leader and his manipulation of religion, obedience, and power.

Directed by Amy Berg, 2015, U.S.A., 92 mins.


  • Fri., Oct. 2 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Oct. 3 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Oct. 4 at 1, 3, 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Oct. 5–8 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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