“Wild Wild Country” is, without a doubt, one of the best documentary series I have ever watched. The Netflix series tells the story of a little-known cults from the 1980s: one that was run by Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his secretary Ma Anand Sheela in Oregon in the 1980s.
The show’s ability to tell the story of the cult’s followers, which were called “Rajneeshees” and those who lived near the group, is one of the best aspects of the program. The six-episode series uses interviews from former cult members, and those who lived near them, that were taken in the present day and combines them with footage from around the time of the original events. These interviews of the “Rajneeshees” and law enforcement, provides a full and accurate picture of the cult.
Visually, the series is spectacular. The graphics that are used are only on the screen for a second, allowing the viewers to focus on the most important part of the documentary: the people who are being interviewed. “Wild Wild Country” does use archived footage of the cult, but they don’t use it to tell the story, they use it to supplement it which makes it a much more rich experience for the viewer.
I think this documentary is a must-watch for those who love documentaries about cults. It tells the story of a cult that is mostly unheard of today and provides an insightful look into the culture and environment of a cult and how it affects those around it.
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