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"Fascinating" -New York Times
-New York Post
"Sensitive to the complexities of the lifestyle, Berman doesn't present it as the solution to the world's ills, just as an option that can't be laughed off." -LA Weekly
½ "Commune gets at the central, seductive paradoxes inherent in so much counterculture belief and practice." -Chicago Tribune
A group of young urban artists and activists move to a remote Californian wilderness to create a new world, armed only with the slogan "Free Land for Free People." They live together on an abandoned gold mining ranch, aiming to reshape the world with free love and common property,. Unfortunately, their unconventional lifestyle created controversy and fear among the local, often rural, residents across the country. But being together and deeply exploring 'what it means to be free' in all its variations creates new problems, which intensify when members of the group become parents. Their utopia is complicated by FBI harassment, jealousy, and a cult that takes experimental living to the extreme. Today, new participants arrive at the land for the same reason: to explore the art of being together. Commune is the first documentary to look at communal living, exploring the choices that define our personal lives and how they create forces that reverberate throughout our national and global identities. With Peter Coyote.
Directed by Jonathan Berman, U.S.A., 2005, 35mm, 78 mins.