The Sect

An in-depth look into the Order of the Solar Temple

The most unbelievable case of collective madness

By the producer of The Staircase, Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Oscar for Best documentary in 2002)

In the ’90s, a series of mass murders and collective suicides in France, Switzerland and Canada, reveals the existence of the Solar Temple Community, also known as OTS. Convinced of an imminent apocalypse, 74 persons are said to have committed suicide between 1994 and 1997 in mystical and macabre circumstances. How did these followers, for the most part educated and influent, allowed themselves to be dragged down to such atrocious deaths? Did they act consciously? Were they under the influence of their guru? Or were they brutally murdered?


Genre: Documentary
Format: 4×36′
Produced by What’s Up Films (Matthieu Belghiti and Jean-Xavier De Lestrade)
Original Broadcaster: Salto
Language: French
Country: France
Year of production: 2021
International sales: Federation