The Source Family (2013)
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Critic Reviews for The Source Family
The former disciples interviewed here, now mostly professionals or entrepreneurs in New Agey businesses, seem frank about their leader's excesses, but the wild subject matter cries out for a more objective treatment.
[An] artfully executed and engrossing documentary ...
Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism ...
While the movie isn't up to much more than illustrating how far his reach extends (two of the commune members live in Yelm, Thurston County), it's a very agreeable entertainment.
Great stories don't always make for great documentaries, although it's easy to confuse the two.
Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille's disturbing film is an object lesson in psychological manipulation.
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There's something insanely engrossing about seeing real footage of cults. Stemming from the suburban paranoia of the fifties, cults have always been seen as the black hole from which engaged, bright teenagers disappear forever. Legions of drug addicted, listless, pothead young people, flocked to the arms of the omnipotent Father Yod, leader of the Source Family; who are the subjects of this documentary. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/2015/4/18/the-source-family
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