If you’re searching for something new to watch this week, then check out Netflix’s latest docu-series Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey .
The limited series tells the horrifying true story of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), a polygamist Mormon denomination led by Warren Jeffs. But as director Rachel Dretzin tells host Rebecca Lavoie on podcast You Can’t Make This Up, the point of the documentary isn’t to retell Jeffs’ hideous crimes — it’s to give victims and survivors a chance to tell their stories for the first time.
Keep Sweet’s four episodes feature disturbing interviews with excommunicates of the FLDS church, some of whom had intimate relationships with Jeffs, who was made prophet in 2002, inheriting the role from his father, Rulon Jeffs. By the time of his arrest, Jeffs had married 78 women (some of whom he “inherited” from his father), 24 of whom were underage — one was just 12. He also married off countless underage girls to other adult men in the group and is currently serving a life sentence for his crimes. Today, he’s still considered the prophet and president of the FLDS, and thousands of his followers remain.
The docu-series is now streaming on Netflix. Here is a trailer to get you started: