Netflix documentaries have become our generation’s dirty little obsession. Everyone knows where they were and what they were doing when they watched the harrowing tale of Making A Murderer, as well as the bat-shit crazy Tiger King, and – more recently – the Tindler Swindler. Our morbid true crime thirst has never been more intense as we, perhaps, look for an escape from the realities of our own lives.
Anyway, the latest documentary to kick up a WTF stir on the TV streaming service is Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey which dropped earlier this month and has already gained a score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes (compared to Making A Murderer‘s 80%).
So, what’s it about? WELL. It focuses on the rise of Warren Jeffs in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints over in the US. He was viewed as something as a prophet for his belief that the more wives and children you had, the higher your seat in heaven. It was estimated at one point he had well over 50 wives, with many of them underage.
Netflix says: “In 2008, a dramatic raid at the Yearning for Zion Ranch in West Texas generated attention around the world, as law enforcement agents uncovered stunning evidence of sexual, physical and psychological abuse and took 400+ children into custody.”
It’s dark, it’s harrowing, it’s gripping and it raises so many more questions than it answers. Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey has four episodes all under an hour long. It’s currently number two in the most watched things on Netflix in the UK and is rated an 18.