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When the world's most controversial guru builds a utopian city deep in the Oregon desert, conflict with the locals escalates into a national scandal. A true story.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Osho ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Ma Anand Sheela ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2018
George Meredith ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Jon Bowerman Jon Bowerman ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Kelly McGreer Kelly McGreer ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Rosemary McGreer Rosemary McGreer ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2018
John Silvertooth John Silvertooth ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Jane Stork ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2018
Ma Prem Sunshine Ma Prem Sunshine ...  Herself 6 episodes, 2018
Philip Toelkes ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Robert Weaver Robert Weaver ...  Himself 6 episodes, 2018
Krishna Devi ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Charles Turner Charles Turner ...  Himself 4 episodes, 2018
Ma Prem Hasya Ma Prem Hasya ...  Herself 3 episodes, 2018
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When a controversial guru builds a 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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16 March 2018 (USA) See more »

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Rare insight into 'cult-life'
18 March 2018 | by pdieperslootSee all my reviews

Although some of the former members dismiss the term cult when referring to the Rajneesh movement, it undoubtedly shows a range of similarities to what might be referred to as a cult. Nonetheless the documentary series Wild Wild Country proofed surprisingly succesful in offering insights that go beyond the taboos and stigmas normally surrounding the subject. Clearly the Rajneesh movement was something that the world had not seen before and the world, perhaps, hasn't seen since.

Focussing around the Indian guru Rajneesh, later known as Osho, the documentary starts off by exploring the very beginning of the movement. Its unorthodox teachings, controversial beliefs as well as its international reach slowly unfold during the first episode of the documentary series. Gradually the focus of the documentary however shifts towards the individuals who circulated within the inner circles of the movement. This inevitably transforms the documentary into an exposition of 'the individual as part of a cult' rather than an exploration of the deeper beliefs of the movement (which at times seem contradictory).

Nonetheless the documentary continues to captivate the viewer as opposition against the movement arises during the cults relocation in Oregon. It is here where the movement encounters more and more opposition which in return fuels the hostility from members towards outsiders. It is not unlike patterns we've seen with cults like the church of Scientology and the Peoples Temple where, once a stark contrast between in- and outsiders has been established, a cult turns violent. The documentary manages to explore the depths of the criminal activities in which the Rajneesh movement was involved without overtly (or excessively) steering its viewers towards a certain point of view. The result is a story that shocks without excessive dramatization.

What makes this documentary worthwhile is the way the story unfolds. Although spread over six different episodes the documentary could be seen as one climactic film in which tension continues to build until it has reached its inevitable climax. Surprisingly the documentary does not necessarily leave one to wonder how people could ever be part of the group, for it also displays the movements admirable qualities. Rather it leaves you to ask how knowledge about the Rajneesh movement could have been absent for you prior to watching the documentary series. If this is the case indeed, then this is a must-watch.

To me personally the appeal of the movements leader remains unclear. This ofcourse could be explained by the lack of insights the documentary offers regarding his background and the very origine of the movement. So yes, the documentary will leave you with many questions. But rather than leaving you with the illusion of presenting the full story, the documentary ignites within you a thirst for knowledge. I guess that is exactly what one might demand from documentaries: the desire to know more.


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