Rajneesh: Spiritual Terrorist
(Australian TV-Documentary from 1989)
brilliantly investigated documentary by an Australian film team, produced one
year before Osho left his body, gives us an in-depth view into the ashram and
the work of a spiritual master.
It tells the story of Matthew, an Australian husband, who decides to travel to
the Osho ashram in Poona to find himself, against the wishes of his wife who
thinks that his place is not in Poona but at her and their baby’s side.
But he still
goes and the film team go with him.
From then on they follow
every step he takes, from his arrival and check-in at the gate to
his first experiences with meditation up to his first therapy group.
describes very sensitively all the changes Matthew goes through.
Finally he decides to become a Sannyasin himself.
to his story the film also portraya Osho and his complete biography. We
basically come to know Osho through the eyes of Matthew, who gradually acquires
deeper and more profound insights into Osho’s work and starts to understand more
This film team managed to
take some extraordinary shots of Osho, e. g. some very rare film sequences from
Osho inside his prison cell, taken from the monitoring camera of the prison.
The film team
endeavoured not to bring any superstitions or prejudices into their work but to
show things the way they came to know them.
that they did not just make a film hiding behind their cameras and keeping
themselves aloof and distances but that they themselves went through a growth