Parents' Guide to

Breaking the Faith

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

FLDS-centered docudrama includes intense histories of abuse.

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Breaking the Faith offers a voyeuristic look into the FLDS lifestyle, the conservative and restrictive nature of which is discussed by the cast members that have been kicked out of, escaped from, or who are trying to leave the community. Some of the Church's most controversial activities (many of which are illegal in the mainstream world), are also highlighted. With the help of pictures, archived footage, and recordings of Warren Jeffs and fellow church leaders, many of the psychological fears former FLDS members live with are also underscored.

Despite some contrived, overdramatic moments, the stories being told here make it easy to root for these young people and their effort to live a freer, happier life that includes things ranging from wearing make up and going on vacation to drinking beer. They also reveal some very troubled young people, most of whom are struggling to find some sort of self-identity as they find themselves caught between two very different worlds.

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