Netflix acquires Joe Berlinger’s Tony Robbins doc

As Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru is about to make its SXSW debut, the SVOD giant announces it will premiere the film worldwide in July.
March 9, 2016

As Joe Berlinger‘s latest documentary, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, is about to make its SXSW debut next week, SVOD giant Netflix has announced it will premiere the film worldwide in July.

The film goes behind the scenes of the motivational speaker and business strategist’s annual seminar, Date with Destiny, in which 2,500 people from around the world head to Florida to take part in an intensive six-day conference designed to promote self-actualization within its delegates. Berlinger and his team were given access to document the production of the event, and dive deeper into the stories of some of the attendees.

“My goal in making this film was to share a profound experience that I myself underwent,” said Berlinger in a statement. “While the event itself may not be for everyone, I hope my approach will help audiences think about the nature of their own lives as they witness the transformations of the characters in the film.

“While seemingly a departure from the themes found in my other work, this film is actually very much a look at social issues but from a personal point of view,” he added. ‘I believe there would be significantly less trouble in the world if people were self-actualized and connected to who they really are.”

“No matter what he chooses to turn his lens on, he continues to challenge audiences to think about things differently,” said Lisa Nishimura, Netflix VP of original documentary programming, of Berlinger. “His immersive and open-minded approach to this film is sure to touch viewers deeply.”

The film will have its world premiere at South by Southwest Film in Austin, Texas, on March 14. It’s produced by Netflix, RadicalMedia and Third Eye Motion Picture Company, with Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Jon Kamen, Frank Scherma, Justin Wilkes, Lisa Nishimura and Adam Del Deo┬áserving as executive producers.

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