Wild Wild Country – A Review

A spiritual movement gone wrong? By Madhulika Arya

Wild Wild Country, a Netflix original series, is one of the best documentaries of all time. Added to that, the subject is the person responsible for the most controversial movement of modern times – the Indian spiritual Guru – Bhagwan Rajneesh also known as Osho by his followers all over the world.

The struggle of a self-sustained global spiritual movement trapped between conspiracy theories, assassination plots, bio-terror attacks, corruption, violence, murder, utopia, charges of illegal occupation, anti-establishment, of moral, social and sexual decadence, to name a few, is a must-watch.

Directed by brothers McLain and Chapman Way, the series, spread over six episodes of about 60 -70 minutes each, was released on 16th March 2018.

Watch the ironical saga of struggle between Rajneeshpuram (Oregon), a global settlement of the seekers of Freedom, and America, the land of the Free. In 1981, a large number of Rajneesh followers, who called themselves the Rajneeshees, bought huge chunks of lands in faraway ghost lands of America and in doing so, these settlers unsettled the social status quo. Watch every narrative triggered from fear, hate, suspicion and anger to love, desire, peace and freedom.  Nothing has immunity from Power and the struggles leading to it – not even spirituality!

The most striking feature of this well-crafted documentary is that it will make the viewer on either side understand and ponder the perspective of the other side. It therefore delivers a picture in totality - a wholesome perspective on the entire happenings of that time and the people caught in it. The Wikipedia page puts it under the genre, “crime documentaries”! Ironical indeed that a worldwide movement of spiritual awakening has to be described thus – no matter which side you’re on!

Take away for Perspective One: “Power corrupts, and absolute Power corrupts absolutely?”

Take away for Perspective Two: “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed!”

And so, the struggle between creation and destruction continues…do we sustain on its friction?

(Madhulika Arya is the Content Manager at Thriive Art & Soul)


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