Me and the Cult Leader / Aganai (2020)

  • 2020
  • 1h 36m
  • Japan

World Premiere

Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo’s subway system, travels with Hiroshi Araki, an executive of Aleph (formerly Aum Shinrikyo), the attack’s perpetrators, visiting their respective hometowns and the university they both attended. Conversations unfold, building intimacy: we learn why Araki joined the infamous organization led by Shoko Asahara and why, still, Araki remains an executive member of the cult, even though he was not directly involved in any of the crimes. The beginning of a friendship, a trip for redemption, or the confirmation that each human has to go their own way.





Bonus Content

26 mins
Me and the Cult Leader / Aganai - Q&A

Join us in a pre-recorded Q&A with Aganai director Atsushi Sakahara and Pearl Chan, the International Distribution Manager, moderated by Cíntia Gil, Sheffield Doc Fest’s Festival Director.