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Rajneeshpuram


Program Description

“The people who read the book will think it’s fiction.” —Wasco County Judge Bill Hulse

Rajneeshpuram follows the unraveling of a utopian dream from its hopeful beginning to its criminal end.

In the early 1980s Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, moved to a 100-square mile ranch in rural Eastern Oregon. Thousands of his disciples, all dressed in red, invested millions of dollars to build an ideal community, Rajneeshpuram.

Peace soon curdled into bitter conflict with neighboring towns. In less than five years the would-be paradise devolved into a bizarre scenario of murder plots and poisoned salad bars, wire-tapping and election fraud.

By the mid 1980s Rajneeshpuram was gone, Bhagwan had been deported, and twenty-five of his followers convicted of crimes.

Premiere

Released by NETA May 1, 2013. Two years unlimited releases.

Press Materials

Producer Bio - Nadine Jelsing

Producer Bio - Eric Cain

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Surrounded by his disciples, Bhagwan drives his Rolls Royce, one of many, down the main road of Rajneeshpuram.

Devanada Day

Surrounded by his disciples, Bhagwan drives his Rolls Royce, one of many, down the main road of Rajneeshpuram.

In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a religious leader from India, moved to a 100-square mile ranch in Eastern Oregon.

Oregon Historical Society

In 1981 Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a religious leader from India, moved to a 100-square mile ranch in Eastern Oregon.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh at Rajneeshpuram, a communal village in Eastern Oregon.

Oregon Historical Society

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh at Rajneeshpuram, a communal village in Eastern Oregon.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh at Rajneeshpuram, a spiritual center and communal village in Eastern Oregon.

Oregon Historical Society

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh at Rajneeshpuram, a spiritual center and communal village in Eastern Oregon.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh arrives at the ranch. Followers are dressed in shades of red.

Devanada Day

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh arrives at the ranch. Followers are dressed in shades of red.

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