The 2019 Sundance Film Festival recently announced a last minute addition to slate of movie premieres in Park City, Utah later this month, and it's bound to stir up some controversy, albeit with a familiar story.
Leaving Neverland is a new documentary that will focus on sexually abusive allegations made against Michael Jackson by a couple of young boys who were witnessed by the international recording star. The documentary has extensive interviews with the adult men who claim that Michael Jackson has manipulated and abused them, enough to span an almost four-hour driving time consisting of two episodes of functionality.
Here is the official synopsis for Leaving Neverland from the Sundance Film Festival:
As one of the world's most famous icons, Michael Jackson represents many things for many people – a pop star, a humanitarian, a beloved idol. When Jackson's sexual abuse allegations involving young boys were performed in 1993, many found it difficult to believe that the pop king could be guilty of such indelible acts. In separate but parallel stories echoing each other, two boys were each proved by Jackson, who invited them to his unique and wonderful world. Being enticed by the singer's fairy tale and engrossed in their relationship with him, both of the boy's families were blind to the manipulation and abuse that he would eventually expose them to.
Through gut-wrenching interviews with now-grown men and their families, Leaving Neverland craft a portrait of persistent exploitation and deception, documenting celebrity power that allowed a venerable figure to infiltrate the lives of star-studded children and their parents.
A representative of Michael Jackson's property has already responded to the documentary's existence by calling it "just another rehash of dated and discredited claims," and they added, "This is another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and Make Money From Michael Jackson. "But the audience will decide very soon since the documentary will premier on television not long after debating at Sundance.
Deadline reports Leaving Neverland will debut both episodes of the documentary series at Sundance, and then it will air on HBO and Channel 4 in the UK once within two consecutive nights. An exact date has not yet been revealed. The round time of the entire documentary series is 236 minutes.
Leaving Neverland is made by Amos Pictures and produced, directed and edited by Dan Reed, the man behind the BAFTA award-winning documentary The Pedophile Hunter plus From Russia with cash.
The sexual assault on Michael Jackson is very familiar, so much so that it has become a common trend for jokes to be made about it. But for those who may have been part of the singer's alleged offenses, this is anything but a ridiculous matter. Will this documentary finally emphasize the claims, especially in the wake of the # MeToo movement? We find out after documentary premiere at Sundance on January 25th.
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