The Sons of Perdition in Person

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    Most people don't get to see their life stories on the big screen -- but not everyone has escaped from a polygamist cult. (Published Saturday, Apr 24, 2010)

    Most people don't get to see their life stories on the big screen -- but not everyone has escaped from a polygamist cult.

    We met some folks who have now done both.

    "My father tried to marry me off when I was 14," explained teenager Hillary Broadbent, who appears in "Sons of Perdition", premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival.

    The documentary presents the personal narratives of several individuals who fled a fundamentalist Mormon compound in southern Utah. The enclave was under the rule of infamous polygamist "prophet" Warren Jeffs. He is now serving time for two charges of accomplice to rape.

    "I just wanted people to know there was support out there for women and children who leave," said Hillary's mom Jorgina, who left the cult with six children. Her son Joe, Hillary's brother, is also in the film.

    Don't look for laughs in this one. It's not "Shrek."

    Directors Jennilyn Merten and Tyler Measom are lapsed Mormons themselves  and say they identify with the stories told. The documentary is 89-minutes long and is one of 12 documentaries in competition at the festival.