Shadowland S1

20 May 2024

Shadowland S1

Inspired by reporting in The Atlantic magazine, legendary documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger sends documentary teams across America to embed with subjects who have rejected mainstream narratives. These include a beloved rural Pennsylvania pizza shop owner facing twenty years in prison for her role in the January 6th riots, an anti-vaccine activist pushing a dangerous fake cure for Covid-19, and a mother divorcing her husband because she fears his beliefs put their children’s lives in danger.

A deeply immersive six-part docu-series, Shadowland reveals how conspiracy theories have moved from the margins to the mainstream, exploring how people come to their beliefs, and what makes these theories so alluring.

Shadowland was named Best Documentary Series at the 2023 Telly Awards, with Time calling it “terrifying” and Decider hailing it as “fascinating, upsetting, sometimes depressing, sometimes revelatory journalism.”

Berlinger was nominated for an Oscar and Emmy for Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Brother’s Keeper, the SXSW Audience Award for Under African Skies, the True Vision Award at True/False for Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, and the Critics’ Choice Real TV awards for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes and Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, among many other awards.

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