Joe Berlinger Documentary On Tony Robbins To Hit Netflix

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3/12/2016 at 4:01PM

Joe Berlinger's new documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru premieres at South by Southwest.

Joe Berlinger Documentary Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru To Hit Netflix

Netflix will premiere Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, a new documentary from filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, the Paradise Lost Trilogy, Brother's Keeper and  Whitey: United States of America V. James J. Bulger exclusively to members worldwide on July 15.

The Netflix original documentary captures world-renowned life coach, business strategist and best-selling author, Tony Robbins, in a revelatory cinéma vérité film that “goes behind the scenes of his mega annual seminar, Date With Destiny.”

The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access, this film is an emotional tour de force, pulling back the curtain on this life-altering and controversial event, the zealous participants and the man himself.

“Annually more than 200,000 people attend one of Robbins' programs, but once a year, an ambitious 2,500 people from around the globe make the journey to Florida to attend his most intimate and intensive instruction” reads the press release.

“Over six days and nights, he pushes his conference participants past their limits into an examination of their true identity, core emotions, intimate relationships, and the driving force behind all their actions. For the first time, Robbins allows a film crew to document not just the event itself, but also the intricate production of Robbins' seminar, revealing an uncompromising daily regimen, his demanding standards of event production, the inner workings of his creative team and a portrait of the innermost personal experiences of the attendees. In his twelfth feature documentary, Berlinger turns an unflinching eye on the larger-than-life Robbins, treating audiences to an immersive experience filled with emotional self-examination, human psychology and heartbreaking public confessions."

"My goal in making this film was to share a profound experience that I myself underwent," Berlinger said in a statememt.  "While the event itself may not be for everyone, I hope my approach will help audiences think about the nature of their own lives as they witness the transformations of the characters in the film. 

"While seemingly a departure from the themes found in my other work, this film is actually very much a look at social issues but from a personal point of view. I believe there would be significantly less trouble in the world if people were self-actualized and connected to who they really are."

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru is the latest project in Netflix's slate of original documentary and docu-series programming, including the critically acclaimed docu-series Making a Murderer, Chef's Table, Cooked and Chelsea Does; as well as the Oscar-nominated documentary features, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Winter on Fire, Virunga and The Square.

"We're pleased to provide a platform to showcase Joe's masterful and disruptive storytelling to our subscribers around the world," Lisa Nishimura, vice president of Original Documentary Programming at Netflix, said in a statement. "No matter what he chooses to turn his lens on, he continues to challenge audiences to think about things differently. His immersive and open-minded approach to this film is sure to touch viewers deeply."

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru will have its official World Premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2016.

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