Goa documentary: "From beach parties to Goa trance. It was here, beneath the swaying palm trees, that Eastern and Western cultures began to combine. A unique, symbiotic spiritualism, drawn from ancient Eastern tradition and Western philosophies began to blossom."
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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2017
No, it's not an a David Attenborough quality documentary, it's too disorganized, which I think may be deliberate style. That said, it doesn't deserve the one star reviews it's getting here. (7.1 on IMDB is more accurate) The (German?) film-makers go to Goa and ask around for leftover hippies, and run into ravers on New Years'. The interviews are unplanned and spontaneous, but then there's an interview with the mayor of Goa, who explains that his town wants tourists with money now. Cleo Odzer who wrote "Goa Freaks", is interviewed extensively, and her Super-8 films from the late 70's are used quite a bit. She died shortly afterwards, of mysterious health reasons, unmentioned in the film. Her book refers to drug smuggling back in the day, a history which this film neglects. The movie ends by bringing a couple of religious/former hippie guys who went to Germany (and a "Love Parade"). They talk spiritual talk for a bit. One seems to have fully committed to Hindu religious life, the other, more loosely, although this isn't explored too deeply. Was there really a good reason to bring them to Germany? Probably not; there wasn't much good footage. Comparisons and contrasts between modern Western life and ancient Hindu religion could have been explored more, in a Herzog-like voiceover, perhaps. It's a short, light movie, free on Prime, inexpensive otherwise (No need for HD, go SD). If you have a Cartman-like attitude and want to see a humorous movie making fun, this film isn't going to entertain. If you want to know about drug smuggling that happened, and perhaps still does, you will be disappointed. Taken for what it is, though, it's not too bad. It's a nice last interview of Odzer, at least.
As I myself go through a transition from mainstream American life to hippie culture (something I've always been interested in, but too introverted and self-conscious to immerse myself in it fully- until now), I find this documentary to be very informative and inspiring. If you're interested in and want to learn a little history about hippies, watch it; you won't be disappointed!
I missed the hippie movement by two decades, but nonetheless I went to Berkeley and India looking for it. This film - really, it's more like footage and a few interesting interviews - reminded me immediately of what I had gone in search of, and it made me feel a bit more alive this afternoon. So, as you can imagine - I recommend it! It's included with Prime rn.