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‘Prophet’s Prey’ Director Amy Berg Talks Getting Interview Subjects to Open Up

Amy Berg’s documentary Prophet’s Prey focuses on the investigation that ultimately led to Fundamental Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ leader Warren Jeffs’ lifetime imprisonment for rape and incest. The filmmaker talks to Nonfics about how she often deals with interviewing subjects who are revealing very sensitive and personal topics in her documentaries like this one, as well as West of Memphis and Deliver Us From Evil.

Says Berg, “I don’t usually just turn the camera on. I try to build a pretty decent rapport with my subjects before I start filming them. I understand how sensitive the material is and what they have to say. I just try to be as connected to them as possible.”

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