Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray
Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray is the story of the best-selling, motivational speaking rock star's meteoric rise, fall and subsequent return to the $11 billion self-help industry following his negligent homicide conviction in the death of three clients at a sweat lodge at one of his events. It is a story of hope, dreams, trust, betrayal and the quest for ‘enlightenment’.
The self-help industry captivates those seeking happiness, release from suffering and those longing for a path and a leader to follow. James Arthur Ray for many who followed him was that leader to guide his flock. But as the story unfolds we learn from Ray, his followers and his accusers about how their methods of self-improvement ultimately caused so much suffering.
Through honest and candid interviews, interwoven with court footage and news archive Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray asks the important questions, "What are we looking for?" and "Who has the answers?" and even the simple question "Why?".