Child of the Commune

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(aka Communekind)


The personal experiences of the director as a child in the movement of the Indian guru, Bhagwan.
CHILD OF THE COMMUNE is an award winning and very personal documentary by acclaimed director Maroesja Perizonius (32) about her personal experiences as a child in the sect of the Indian guru, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. As a six-year old girl, Maroesja followed her mother and became a member the Bhagwan commune. Through unique historic footage and interviews with Baghwan community members, director Maroesja Perizonius succeeds to reconstruct her life as a child in a commune. In addition, she defines the teachings of Baghwan and how these have influenced her mother, herself and other followers. In the film Maroesja confronts her mother with the fact that her personal choice to join the commune has made a huge and irreversible impact on her daughter's life.
Historic Relevance
At its peak, the Bhagwan movement had about 200,000 members and 600 centers around the world. The movement was targeted by many anti-cult groups as an evil, mind control cult. But was it? In the eighties when the movement gained momentum many members choose for a secluded life in a commune. Naturally their Children had to follow. This documentary is about one such child and her mother. The film centers around the question - did the mother act responsible by bringing her daughter into the commune? And would she have chosen differently in light of what she knows now?
Story
Child of the Commune” is a personal story that centres around a damaged mother-daughter relationship and the teachings of the Indian guru Baghwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho. As a six-year old girl, director Perizonius joined the Baghwan commune because her mother had become a follower of the Indian guru. Perizonius was given the Indian name Ma Prem Chandra (moon of love) and grew up as a commune child. However, at the age of 14, after some mishap within the commune, both mother and daughter leave the cult. What has happened?
FESTIVALS / AWARDS
  • IDFA 2004
  • DOK Leipzig 2005
  • MediMed 2005
  • Dutch FF Utrecht 2005
  • Thessaloniki IDF 2006
language
Dutch (English, French subtitles)
released
2004
length
50 min

credits

Director and Screenplay: Maroesja Perizonius
Cinematography: Paul Cohen, Alfred Broer
Music: Fons Merkies
Producer: Leontine Petit, Joost De Vries
Editing: Erik Disselhoff
Sound: Martijn Van Haalen, Bert Van Den Dungen
Production: Lemming Film commissioned by the NCRV and co-produced by YLE Teema
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2004

see also

on Lemming Film
on Mubi
Preview on Youtube
Docs Online (subscription only)
Distributor website

trailer

Trailer