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American Commune: From hippies to grown-ups and back again Add to ...

  • Directed by Rena Mundo Croshere, Nadine Mundo
  • Classification 14A
  • Genre documentary
  • Year 2013
  • Country USA
  • Language English

The “return-to” story is one of the great staples of literature and film, hell, of life. This one’s about two sisters, Rena and Nadine, MTV directors in Los Angeles who decide to go back to the rural commune in Tennessee that they and their divorced parents (Dad a Puerto Rican from the Bronx, Mom a Jew from affluent Beverly Hills) abandoned in 1985. Established in 1970 at the direction of San Francisco holy man Stephen Gaskin, The Farm in its hippie heyday was the self-sustaining home to 1,500 hirsute communards determined to create “another America.” At once cautionary tale and celebration, American Commune movingly shunts between present and past, the personal and the political, innocence and experience. Warning: Most of the music is bad.

April 29, 7 p.m., Royal; May 1, 3:30 p.m., ROM; May 3, 5:30 p.m., Hart House.

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