'The Vow': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's docuseries on self-help cult NXIVM

The self-improvement group NXIVM was charged with sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy surrounding their founder Keith Raniere, who's still awaiting a sentence

                            'The Vow': Release date, plot, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's docuseries on self-help cult NXIVM

After the harrowing recount of Australia's self-help cult group Kenja, which was the plot of Cate Blanchett and Netflix's recent venture 'Stateless' comes yet another shocking, lesser-known story of a similar organization. It's the story of a self-improvement group NXIVM, who were charged with a slew of accusations including sex trafficking and more, surrounding most notably their founder Keith Raniere, who's still waiting to be sentenced. Titled 'The Vow' and with some of the experts of the genre helming the project, the HBO docuseries is sure to raise quite a stir. Here's all you need to know about it!

Release date:

'The Vow' will premiere on Sunday, August 23, at 10 PM ET only on HBO and HBO Max. It will also be available on-demand, says the official HBO release.


According to the official synopsis by the network, the miniseries will follow "a number of people deeply involved in the self-improvement group NXIVM over the course of several years. The series takes a deep, nuanced look at the organization faced with various charges, including sex trafficking and racketeering conspiracy, against its highest members – most notably founder Keith Raniere, who was convicted in June 2019 and is currently awaiting sentencing. Amidst claims by NXIVM participants of both profound transformation and devastating abuse, the series seeks to reveal the issues behind the headlines and explore the emotional toll of unfolding events on these individuals."

Keith Raniere's headshot (US Government, Eastern District of NY)



'The Vow' comes from Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning directors Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer known for 'The Great Hack', 'The Square', and 'Control Room'. Their previous works are also quite representative of their expertise in the genre or retelling true crime. Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller serve as executive producers. 


Canadian voice actress Sarah Edmondson is set to feature on the docuseries. She has created original voices for various Barbie, Bratz and Polly Pocket movies. Edmondson will be joined by Anthony Ames, Mark Vicente, Bonnie Piesse, Frank Parlato, and Catherine Oxenberg.


HBO has released an official teaser for the docuseries. Check it out right here:


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