Netflix’s Wild Wild Country is one of the most intense, bizarre and mind-boggling documentaries you’ll ever sit through.
But trust me, you want to sit through it.
The six-part docuseries, which is executive produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, follows the rise and fall of a religious cult in rural Oregon.
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The documentary starts off in India where the cult leader, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, had built up a huge following of wealthy, middle-class expats.
They all lived together in an ashram, meditated, and gyrated around on the floor naked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ .
Then Bhagwan appointed a woman named Ma Anand Sheela as his deputy and personal secretary. He put her in charge of finding land in America so they could expand their commune.
Sheela found a big patch of land just down the road from a small town called Antelope, which only had about 40 residents. She and a bunch Rajneeshees (yep, they named themselves after their leader) moved to America and started to build their own little town on the land.
They constructed huge buildings and made the previously unfarmable land into crop fields. They also started to descend on the town and spooked the locals with their free-lovin’ sex cult-y business.
For a little while the cult and the locals lived in relative harmony, but when the cult was told they could not actually function as their own town, they decided to takeover Antelope.
They bought up the local stores and started offering the residents huge sums of money for their houses. Then they took over the local council.
The citizens of Antelope and the state of Oregon were locked in an intense battle with the cult, and without giving too much away, it culminated with a bunch of attempted murders carried out by the cult members.
At the height of the scandals, Sheela and a bunch of her followers fled the cult and hid out in Germany. Then both she and Bhagwan were finally brought to justice.
Despite of all this, thousands of people still worship Bhagwan to this day. Countless westerners still flock to his ashram in India every year, seeking enlightenment and a sense of belonging.
Wild Wild Country is the kind of documentary you have to see to believe.
It’s a chaotic journey through a part of the human experience that’s so bizarre and so unsettling, yet somehow eerily familiar.