Child of the Commune by Perizonius, Maroesja
What (is)was life like in a 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 by joining the commune she has deprived her daughter of a normal childhood. But her mother has no regrets.
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 if the mother has acted responsible by bringing her daughter into the commune and - in light of what she knows now - if she should have choosen differently.