Watch Wild Wild Country online free – I have watched a shorter length documentary about the whole Rajneesh scandal on youtube. I would say don’t bother watching that one, it’s completely biased. This documentary is is completely unbiased, it shows everything, all points of views possible, it’s very detailed and doesn’t hide anything. It doesn’t judge any of the people that were showed in the documentary and instead shows their point of view, their part of the story. The whole thing is just really well built, there is so much old footage that I have no idea where they even got everything. And even when the footage wasn’t provided, netflix inserted their own well made animation into it. The music choice, subs in like 5 different languages, cinematography, everything is just made to capture you in the film and get hyped so that you want to return to the other episode.
The most interesting part , for me, was the end, seeing how things turned out for Sheela, Osho’s commune and the interviewees who were involved in that whole scandal.
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Wild Wild Country review by Shaun V. – I grew up in a Cult as a child. This is portrayed perfect.
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.
Wild Wild Country review by neener3707 – Fascinating, Bizarre, Compelling
I’ve said it numerous times, if Netflix does anything right, its it’s original docu-series shows like Shot In The Dark, Firechasers, Voyeur, Wormwood, Making A Murderer, and Dirty Money. This miniseries is definitely another great series from Netflix, a compelling and very interesting story about the enigmatic Indian spiritual leader Osho and his Neo-Sannyas Movement and their relocation to a virtually uninhabited location in the US, creating their own city, and the subsequent 1984 bio-terror attack of many dozens of people being poisoned and a series of attempted murders. The story is perfectly executed and kept me interested and mesmerized me through this bizarre but fascinating cult like movement only to be shocked at the end result of the movement. It was amazing to watch what could have been a beautiful and incredible thing spiraled out of control. A truly unique story very deserving of a watch.
Split up into 6 parts, we experience the beginnings of the religion/cult/movement in India, to their creation of 15,000 strong city from nothing, to the internal frictions, and the subsequent scandal that forever changed the movement. I remember nothing about this because I had yet to be born when it happened, and even some people much older than me didn’t know of this amazing story. The story starts off very spiritual, very positive, almost the creation of a Utopian society. But through careful and meticulous story telling, things begin to unwind and things end badly, something you would have never expected if you went into this with no knowledge of it.
All in all, a very fascinating story as far as I’m concerned, definitely worth a watch.
Wild Wild Country review by Pdiepersloot – Rare insight into ‘cult-life’
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.
Wild Wild Country review by Wanderlust024 – Fascinating
I found Wild Wild Country to be a fascinating documentary. It had so many shocking twists and turns, it kept me riveted. Prior to watching this documentary, I had never heard of Bhagwan or the Rajneeshees. The events that transpired are almost shocking enough to be fictional.
The six-part documentary details the story of a group of disciples led by an Indian guru named Bhagwan. It follows their move from India to a rural area in Oregon where they founded a town called Rajneeshpuram. I felt that Bhagwan remained something of an enigma throughout the documentary. Although they did share footage of him, I didn’t really get a sense of what his disciples saw in him to cause their devotion. His religious movement seemed to be founded on a philosophy of meditation (although I meditate and so would not call what they were doing meditation, by the way), valuing material wealth, and sexual freedom as a road to harmony. I really did not get Bhagwan’s appeal.
That said, the documentary did an amazing job of sharing the progression of Bhagwan’s movement over time, the perspectives of three of his disciples, and the impact of the Rajneeshees on the existing community of Antelope, Oregon. I thought the documentary did a fair job of presenting both sides regarding the collision of interests between the Antelope community members and the Rajneeshees. I found it interesting to see how two opposing groups can view the same events with such sharp disparity. As well, it was interesting to see how the Rajneeshees’ desire to create a community of peace, love, and acceptance lead to behaviour which embodies the opposite of those goals. Without meaning to offend anyone, from my perspective, it was also such an interesting opportunity to see what people are willing to buy into in order to gain a sense of belonging and meaning in their lives.
Wild Wild Country review by Deepamehta – So much more than juicy gossip or the KIMYE vibes bw Sheela & Osho
Wild, Wild Country is a compelling case study about the politics of land, utopian planning, exclusionary zoning, and the limits of modern American community and democracy. The media reviews so far and the initial 2-3 minutes of fixation on the sensationalism of the “cult” of interloping, exotic outsiders vs the NIMBY townies is a staid narrative… one that initially made me uncomfortable because of the documentary’s young, Hollywood, white, American male directorial perspective. The 40 “original” Antelope residents’ comments about not wanting the Rajneeshis in a town 20 miles away made them sound repressed and bitter, and, well, ::yawn::, and left me thinking ‘it’s 2018, let’s please muster up a new narrative’. However, this set up quickly transitions to intellectually aware and astute storytelling.
As the documentary unfolds, the filmmakers reveal hours of narrative filming and archival documentation and craft a compelling arc. Their painstaking research, journalistic inquiry, meticulous editing, planning, and production is evident. Land also plays a central role in Wild, Wild Country, and I would argue that land/space is the central character, and that the land depicted in the film flawlessly anchors the series’ political and philosophical debates. This emphasis on land really brings to mind Subasri Krishnan’s What the Fields Remember, about a different kind of land conflict that took place in Assam, India around the same years that Wild, Wild Country’s events were unfolding.
The spellbinding score here in Wild, Wild Country is equally important in engaging our emotions and intellect, and allowing us to form a deeper bond with the characters and narrative. To share just one example without giving away too much, when one of the narrators tells a story about losing someone, the filmmakers take a handful of photographs set in lush, green landscape and a lone interview and, together with the score, the filmmakers edit the archival and narrative material to tell us a story about grief in one of the most devastatingly beautiful ways I have seen in a documentary.
As a social scientist, I can tell you that the technical and organizational details alone are a master class for any researcher working with qualitative methods. Anyone who is engaged in archival and human subject research necessary for the equivalent of even one scholarly publication and its various PowerPoint presentations, lectures, book chapters, etc. will understand how thoughtful this documentary is. Also, anyone who has sat through or delivered an academic lecture…the bar is officially raised.
As a student of planning, the planning process and deliberative democracy in this particular way in 1980s Oregon is fascinating to watch. I look forward to discussing this documentary with theorists like Forester and Healey (who write about with participatory and communicative planning), Beauregard (who writes about actor-network theory and planning), and Lake (who writes about environmental politics, social movements, and pragmatism in planning). Wild, Wild Country also has me thinking about process: had the Rajneeshis cloaked their project amidst “real estate development” and “condos” and “malls” in the holy name of “community benefits”, “socio-economic development”, and “minimal environmental impact” coupled with politically correct, “nice” advocacy would they have succeeded?
I disagree with the reviews that claim this documentary is “too long”, I suppose you could tell any story in even one sentence. I disagree because it is clear that the filmmakers had established and followed a particular narrative arc… for example, knowing how scandalous the Osho movement was considered, the filmmakers could have taken many approaches and focused on many aspects of this “cult”, further sensationalizing the topic. Instead, they narrowed their focus on the political-legal debate and introduced the factors necessary to understand the climax.
My baby boomer Indian American parents and their friends and relatives, who all grew up in the time of Osho (and some loosely followed him), are enjoying this documentary, which says a lot. I wouldn’t doubt it if Wild, Wild Country expands the Netflix audience segments in entirely new ways. In just a few days, I have seen bits of this documentary series in three very distinct circles that have minimal reasons to ever overlap! I can see Americana people being into this, people who like watching stuff about riveting scandals, Baby Boomer desis and non-desis like my parents, ex-Hippies, neo Hippies, Osho sympathizers who will undoubtedly reminisce, academics, people interested in religion, architects, environmentalists, planners… pretty specific, yet also pretty universal.
There is so much more that can be said and learned from this documentary… such as finally understanding why Osho made sense to his followers and how they were funded. I am speculating that if Sheela was a CEO, she might have gone further, all rationalized by profit-motivated corporate speak that we have all come to accept as a society (just look at Coca Cola company and the strain on water resources in India) and actions that are legally protected and justified by corporate laws (I’m thinking about John Lithgow’s role and the dinner party guests’ obsession with status in Beatriz at Dinner).
Still, Wild, Wild Country is not just about politics, land, and philosophy, it is also deeply entertaining: the Sheela / Osho dynamic definitely has a KIMYE vibe to it…if anything, Wild, Wild Country is worth watching if only to witness this type of adulation in the modern era. It will make you think twice about your commitment to Jesus, or to your partner.