Wild Wild Country - Netflix Docuseries (2018)
I just finished binge watching this series over the course of a couple days and I found it incredibly interesting. Having been born in the 80's in California, I was shocked that I had never heard about the Rajneeshee movement and the fiasco that went down in Oregon. I'd love to get a discussion started with others in the Bald Move community who have seen this series. Would also love Jim and A.Ron's take as well, given their background with religion.
I highly recommend this series for anyone that is a fan of The Leftovers. There are some eerie similarities between the Guilty Remnant and the Rajneeshees. I think the series does a great job of just presenting these people as complicated and multi-dimensional with motives and emotional baggage that we can sympathize with. At the end of the day, the Rajneeshee leadership absolutely crossed the line in a lot ways, but I found myself sympathizing with people on both sides of the conflict.
In many ways, this is a microcosm of colonialism in modern America. It was so trippy to see the people in this small farming town feel like their land was becoming completely overrun by this liberal commune. Seemed like a bit of poetic justice with how Native Americans experienced colonialism at the hands of the pioneers only a century or two before.
Anyways, there's a lot to dissect here. This seemed like a great place to start the discussion!