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Review: Sons of Perdition

Polygamy reigns
By GERALD PEARY  |  May 26, 2011
3.5 3.5 Stars

If Jonestown's Jimmy Jones ran North Korea, it would be like the cultist, fascist, ignorant, sexually craven society that exists in Columbia City, Colorado, under the thumb of self-proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs. Whether he's in jail or not doesn't matter; Jeffs keeps total control of his fundamentalist Mormon empire, where polygamy reigns, child marriages are orchestrated, and those who question their patriarchal leader are exiled. Tyler Measom & Jennilyn Merten's documentary is about the teen boys and girls who are tossed out and forced to scramble without any worldly knowledge — starting with who is president. Their valiant attempt to find themselves is stirring, and sometimes depressing, as they backslide into alcohol and drugs. This film will challenge those who wonder about documentary "objectivity" as the ex-Mormon filmmakers not only side with the teenagers but participate in rescue missions of others caught in Jeffs's insidious web.

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