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Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo

Unveiled: Surviving La Luz del Mundo

  • Premiered: 
    December 6, 2022
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  • Network: HBO
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Plot Synopsis

Directed by Jennifer Tiexiera, UNVEILED: SURVIVING LA LUZ DEL MUNDO is a three-episode documentary series that explores the horrifying, yet relatively unknown story of the Christian church La Luz del Mundo (LLDM) and the sexual abuse that scores of members, many of them minors, say they have suffered at the hands of its successive leaders, known as the "Apostles." Told from the point of view of the survivors who met on Reddit to share their stories of abuse, the series chronicles the history of one of the most powerful religious groups not only in Mexico where it was founded, but also in the United States, while giving voice to the men and women who were brave enough to stand up and call out the heinous crimes. Under the guise of the only true church offering eternal salvation, LLDM, which claims to have congregations in over 50 countries and over five million followers, was founded in 1926 by Aaron Joaquin Gonzalez. Joaquin Gonzalez was succeeded by his son and then grandson, all three Apostles said to be appointed by "divine revelation." Now, scores of former members have come forward to describe how the Apostles built and maintained a system to procure and groom children for abuse. The series culminates in the events leading up to the 2019 arrest of the current Apostle, Naason Joaquin Garcia and his present-day trial, shedding light on a story that was all but ignored by mainstream media, and illustrating the positive power of social media to unite and provide agency to the survivors. UNVEILED: SURVIVING LA LUZ DEL MUNDO premiered with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 from 9-11pm ET/PT on HBO, and concluded the following day from 10-11pm ET/PT on HBO:

"Darkness in the Light of the World" (Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 9pm): In 2017, former members of LLDM form an online community on Reddit sharing stories of abuse at the hands of the church's venerated "Apostles." Groomed as children, and psychologically imprisoned within a cult-like society through indoctrination, familial pressures and strict, religious dogma, they were taught to surrender their free will (mind, body and soul) in return for eternal salvation. The survivor community expands and increases awareness while the church grows in prominence and spreads globally.

"Unconditional" (Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 10pm): Despite the church's expanding power and influence, award-winning investigative journalists Rhonda Schwartz and Brian Ross report on the decades-long scandal as law enforcement also takes note. Risking their own safety, ex-LLDM members come forward to speak out as the church plans the construction of a fundamentalist community in Georgia, USA.

"A Fight for Justice" (Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 10pm): In 2019, LLDM's incumbent "Apostle," Naason Joaquin Garcia is apprehended along with two of his alleged handmaidens and charged with crimes relating to five Jane Does. In a heartbreaking turn of events for Joaquin Garcia's victims, prosecutors unexpectedly offer him a plea deal depriving the victims of their day in court. While Joaquin Garcia is sentenced to just 16 years and eight months in jail, the survivors are determined to keep fighting for justice while grappling with their trauma.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Jigsaw Productions
  • In association with Law&Crime Productions