In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment. Indian peasants assumed that a severe drought in the West was the reason for their migration. India’s holy men saw it as a search for spirituality. Most moved back to their home countries after a few months or years while others stayed for good. HIPPIE MASALA is a portrait of Western ex-patriates: Robert from Holland, a gifted painter, lives with his wife and young children. Meera, a hermit, seeks enlightenment on her own, while Cesare, an Italian expatriate, strives for spiritual liberation through back-breaking yoga. Hanspeter, a man originally from Switzerland, runs a small farm in the Himalayas. Erica and Gillian, South African twins, sew hippie handicrafts by day and party tirelessly at night. All, in the end, embraced this land of ancient traditions and transcendent pleasures as their own. HIPPIE MASALA is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.
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The movie moves at the pace of the culture into which these folks have embedded themselves, which is nice and kind of lulling. I am awed by their willingness to up and leave it all behind, but also can't help but feel that they are co-opting this culture in an almost let's-get-dressed-up-and-play-India manner. I suppose though if they're there for decades, that is not the case. They mention at the beginning how all the other hippies soon went back to the west after their own spiritual/seeking sojourn. These are those who went all in. I feel a sudden urge to meditate.
Interesting Swiss documentary about some European and South Africans who ended up in remote areas of India for a variety of reasons. As with many cultures, no matter how long these ex-pats lived in their newly-adopted home they were never fully accepted. Their reasons for coming to India, reasons for staying and their observations of their new lifestyle make for fascinating if slow viewing.
Interesting look at how searchers adapted to India to meet their needs.
didnt care for it
really loved it, i have never been to india, but my children & many of my frens have been....
Interesting documentary about a few hippies who traveled to India and never left. Some for spiritual purposes, others for the free-wheeling drug culture, and others simply to escape their constrictive European cultures, home-life, or simply the law. One interesting aspect is that no matter how much they try to integrate into Indian culture, they never are fully accepted, nor fully grow out of the sensibilities of their childhood culture.