The Way Down

The Way Down (2021)

After rising to fame with her Weigh Down Workshop, a Christian-based diet program that preached slenderness as next to godliness, Gwen Shamblin Lara founded the Tennessee-based church. Despite a carefully curated image, Lara and the church soon fielded accusations of emotional, psychological, and physical abuse, and exploitation for their alleged cult-like practices. Encompassing years of investigation and extensive interviews with former members and others personally impacted, Directed by Emmy®-Award winning biographical filmmaker Marina Zenovich, THE WAY DOWN explores the legacy of Remnant’s infamous leader – whose life came to a shocking end after a plane crash in May 2021.-HBO

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District Grade:B-
District Category:Niche
Sub-Genres: People, Cults, Religion
Run Time:5 * Episodes
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The District Categories: Niche (worth the watch for those interested in the topic), Worth It (worth your time), Classic (one of the best examples of the documentary genre), Skip It (not worth your time)


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Awards:N/A
Where To Stream:HBOmax
Rotten Tomatoes Score ™:N/A
Director:N/A
Cast: Natasha Pavlovich, Carey Wingerd, Glen Wingerd
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