When Osho, the world's most controversial guru, builds an Utopian city deep in the Oregon country, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Osho ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Ma Anand Sheela ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
George Meredith ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Jon Bowerman Jon Bowerman ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Kelly McGreer Kelly McGreer ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Rosemary McGreer Rosemary McGreer ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
John Silvertooth John Silvertooth ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Jane Stork ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Ma Prem Sunshine Ma Prem Sunshine ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Philip Toelkes ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ...  Self 6 episodes, 2018
Krishna Devi ...  Self 4 episodes, 2018
Charles Turner Charles Turner ...  Self 4 episodes, 2018
Ma Prem Hasya Ma Prem Hasya ...  Self 3 episodes, 2018
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When a controversial guru builds an utopian city in the Oregon desert, it causes a massive conflict with local ranchers. This docuseries chronicles the conflict, which leads to the first bioterror attack in the United States and a massive case of illegal wiretapping. It is a pivotal, but largely forgotten, time in American cultural history that tested the country's tolerance for the separation of church and state. Written by Jwelch5742

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He created one hell of a utopia.

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The utopian city was incorporated in 1982. It was built 19 miles from Antelope, OR. As of 1999, the area is now a summer camp for Young Life. See more »

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Spoofed in Documentary Now!: Batsh*t Valley, Part 2 (2019) See more »

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I grew up in a Cult as a child. This is portrayed perfect.
19 March 2018 | by shaunvanhaelewijnSee all my reviews

The last two years I've been absolutely astonished about the sheer quality of docu-series Netflix has been bringing out. "Making a murderer", "Flint town", "The Keepers", to name a few.

But this one was especially on some level really emotional for me. As I myself was raised in a Indian cult. Not this one, but many aspects are almost identical. I am now 27 and I still struggle on a daily base with many things that were taught to me at such a young age. What struck me was how well portrayed this guy was. The almost hypnotically way he could look, and even walk, got people in some sort of a trance. I myself experienced many times where we saw our "Guru" talk, and he had the same aura that also Baghwan has. The other aspect that struck me was them talking about following, but you could feel they actually were all deeply in love with him. A cult leader is not someone you follow, you fall deeply and madly in love with him. This happened to my mother and even after leaving almost 15 years ago, she still can't stop looking to this new love. She never became a stable person again in her life.

The docu itself should be an example to future docu makers. The pacing is nearly perfect. The interviews are well paced, just a few people on different sides, and somehow you all get some sort of attachment to their side of the story. You strongly get the feeling from episode one that nothing is black and white. And that all of these people strongly believed in their cause. There is no one who had the complete truth or did the complete right thing. And Baghwan is equal mysterious in this documentary than in real life. Somehow they don't try to explain the person Baghwan, because you simply cannot explain him. In that way his followers were absolutely right. He is a one of a kind person, and to others he was a con man. For me? He is something in between.


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16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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