‘Duggar Family Secrets’ Team Praise Jill, Amy: IBLP Stories

The directors and executive producers of Prime Video docuseries Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets praise Jill Duggar and amy king (née Duggar) for sharing their experiences with Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) while speaking exclusively with In contact.

“We are humbled and honored that Jill trusted us with her story and we are also very grateful to Amy,” co-directed and executive produced. olivia christ says In contact during a video interview. “It’s super intimidating to come down, sit down, tell your story. Especially with everything she’s been through and everything the other survivors on our show have been through as well.”

Crist continues: “I just congratulate you, really, on speaking to us.”

Executive producer cory shepherd stern adds that Jill, 32, “took the time to think about it and really made a deep personal decision” to share her story.

In addition to Jill and Amy, 36, Jim Bob Duggarthe sister of deanna duggar also participates in the limited series.

The team behind the project offered Jim Bob, 57, and michelle duggar56, the opportunity to participate, although they refused.

'Shiny Happy People' Producers and Directors Praise Jill and Amy Duggar for Sharing Their IBLP Stories
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While the producers and directors are grateful for those who participated, they empathize with the family members who chose not to share their stories.

“There are still many family members who are still officially in IBLP or associated with the belief system. And I think that’s difficult,” executive producer happy faust says. “Whether it’s Jill or people who aren’t part of the Duggar family, it takes a long time to break free and really understand what you were a part of and how that affected you in your life. And he’s very brave.”

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Stern adds that it was “deeply moving” and “very emotional to see any of these survivors speak openly about their lives and what they’ve been through.”

“I think for someone like Jill, who grew up in front of a camera, that wasn’t necessarily her choice,” she says. “Because she was a child when it all happened and this was a choice that she was making that was very moving.”

The docuseries will look at the Duggars and other members of the IBLP, which is a non-denominational Christian organization established by bill gothard in 1961.

The organization has been heavily criticized for the way it treats women, while dozens of accusers came forward in 2014 with allegations that Gothard sexually harassed them. After the founder was placed on administrative leave and an investigation was carried out by outside legal counsel, IBLP issued a statement stating that “no criminal activity was found”, although Gothard “acted inappropriately”.

'Shiny Happy People' Producers and Directors Praise Jill and Amy Duggar for Sharing Their IBLP Stories
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In 2016, 10 women filed a lawsuit alleging that Gothard and IBLP church leaders sexually harassed, abused, and covered up their alleged wrongdoing. Gothard denied the allegations, and the case was ultimately dismissed due to statute of limitations issues.

“What really interested me was the insidious cult behind the family that hasn’t been talked about much and all the survivors who really needed a chance to tell their stories,” Crist explains of the inspiration behind the documentary. “[We’re] The kind of going down that rabbit hole and giving people who have been off our screens for too long a chance to speak was really the motivator.”

Shiny Happy People: Duggar Family Secrets will be available to stream on Prime Video on Friday, June 2.

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