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Yet another cult in 'The Source Family' [meh]

May 14, 2013, 12:00 am

The Source Family is a cult. Or it was a cult.

They never killed anyone, so if you haven’t heard of them, that’s why. Your level of interest in The Source Family documentary will be directly related to how much you care about cults and dislike burned-out hippies. 

For example, there’s the cult leader, Jim Baker, who changed his name to Father Yod, and then to something more absurd. The movie features a lot of interviews with former Source Family members, some of whom speak reverently of Baker, some of whom don’t, and the best interviews are with people who thought he was nuts.

Baker, as the movie posits, was a judo master and health food enthusiast. The Source was one of his restaurants, a hot spot of celebrity activity in the 1960s and early 1970s. 

Baker was alleged to have killed a couple people, and he opted to do something positive with his life: Create a new religion. And of course, he got to have sex with as many of the beautiful female, possibly underage (wink!) cult members as he liked. What a guy!

There’s more to it than that, but it boils down to abusing power. Fortunately, there’s great music, performed by the cult’s members. 

Directed by Maria Demopoulos and Jodi Wille
CCA Cinematheque

98 min.


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