The Source Family


The Source Family

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It's 1971 and communes and new religions are on the rise. The Source Family are an "Aquarian tribe," a secretive but outlandish group of 140 beautiful young people who stroll Los Angeles in colorful robes, devotees of "Father Yod," a controversial restaurateur-turned-spiritual leader with fourteen wives and his own psychedelic rock band. The Family lives in a mansion and operates a popular restaurant on the Sunset Strip, serving vegetarian cuisine to musicians and movie stars, pioneering a national trend. But their radical lifestyle instigates the authorities. Their demise is dramatic and painful, but Yod's spirit lives on.

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Critic Reviews for The Source Family

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5)

  • 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.

    Jun 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • [An] artfully executed and engrossing documentary ...

    May 10, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • Baker's transformation from "spiritual father" to megalomaniac follows a familiar path of brainwashing and hedonism ...

    May 9, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Great stories don't always make for great documentaries, although it's easy to confuse the two.

    May 2, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille's disturbing film is an object lesson in psychological manipulation.

    Apr 30, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for The Source Family

  • Mar 10, 2017
    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
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