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American Commune (2013)

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The true story of The Farm, America’s largest commune, and two sisters’ journey to revisit their past. In 1971 some 320 young idealistic San Franciscans followed their spiritual leader Stephen Gaskin to Summertown, Tennessee, where, with money they’d pooled together, they purchased more than a thousand acres with the intention of creating a new community based on a communal and agrarian lifestyle.

Naming it The Farm, the new residents set out to create a self-sustaining community, despite the fact that few if any of them had any experience with agriculture. They embraced non-violence, for example, and they did not eat meat, they did not drink alcohol, they did not use birth control, they did not wear make-up, the use of synthetic materials was widely avoided, and money was hardly in use. The Farm would take in anyone who showed up at the gates. They were all to take care of each other.

Sisters Rena and Nadine Mundo were born on The Farm and grew up in this counter-cultural community. They lived there until 1985 when a schism in the community caused their parents to leave. The sisters moved to southern California, where they faced a radically different culture. Feeling no one would understand their upbringing, they kept it to themselves until they attended a reunion at The Farm after an absence of more than 20 years.

Blending footage from their visit with a treasure trove of archival stills and film, Rena and Nadine create a vivid portrait of life on The Farm and tell the story of a community built on generosity and hope.

Nadine Mundo, Rena Mundo Croshere, Genevieve Perkins, Jan Mundo, Jose Mundo, Phil Schweitzer, Ina May Gaskin, Stephen Gaskin, Miguel Mundo
Nadine Mundo, Rena Mundo Croshere

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katz5253, posted on August 12, 2016

Nadine Mundo, Rena Mundo Croshere, Thank You for doing this video and sharing with the world.

lesliesfarm, posted on April 29, 2016

This film is powerful on a number of levels. But, the main message that shoots out at me is that those innocent young people needed a lot more information. I have heard several whistle blowers, who were working in the shadow government, say that "the hippies came sooooo close to bringing it all down!" Today, we have the information we need, to know that the FBI, CIA and big Banking will trash any group creating freedom. Today, we know that we must be sovereign and not give our power away to a leader, no matter how sweet a guy he is. Today, we have the Internet, where anyone can learn Organic farming techniques, and put them in place quickly.

The ideas have not changed much, but the tools we have to work with are upgraded. This time we WILL change the world.

katz5253, posted on August 12, 2016

I just wanted to say how right you are. I guess the same thing happened in Waco. I see in the future that the government will fall we the people will be in charge.. Its only time minutes and seconds now. Once the Event happens its all forward from there.. One Love, One heart!!!! Thank You for what you said was in my heart as well. Gods People...

consciousmatrix, posted on April 29, 2016

Thank you for making this film. I am 66 and it touched me on so many levels and affected so deeply that I cried almost all the way through. I agree with another commenter below, that I wish you could have discussed with Steven, what he thinks he might have done differently that would have saved the Farm.

This is a good film for those thinking about UBUNTU Contributionism. There are many details to be worked out that this film brought to light. I still think it could work. A world without money is possible and CAN work. I believe that. I don't know how it can be done with Big Brother trying to subvert everything good that people try to do. Right now, people are being fined and jailed for living off the grid on their own land, penalized for saving rainwater, and many states are making it very hard for people to grow gardens on their own property.

I believe the Farm failed due to intentional subversionary tactics by unseen hands who stand to lose their total control if something like that were to "catch-on" everywhere.

I don't know if this type of life can be accomplished in the United States of America under the system of so-called "Government" of which we currently live. A change is coming....have no doubt of that.

suzanne.santo, posted on April 27, 2016

Ina May, May your legacy continue to open the hearts, minds and bodies of us all to the joy of the birth giving process. Thank you for all you have done.

dumitru, posted on April 23, 2016

I wish she had asked Stephen what he would have done differently to keep The Farm from going bankrupt.

tequito9, posted on April 16, 2016

For many years I followed news about The Farm and gave thought to perhaps making a pilgrimage there. I only live 200 miles away in Knoxville. I've had some interaction with a few who did go. I'm 71. So the film was like my pilgrimage finally made on a virtual level. Very moving and thought provoking. I'm sad it could not continue to flourish. I'm glad it did flourish for awhile.

lesliesfarm, posted on April 29, 2016

The Farm is not gone. It is existing in a different form. Our world is changing. It may change again.

tequito9, posted on April 30, 2016

Thank you for commenting. Are you personally associated with the current Farm?

lightweaver515, posted on April 12, 2016

I find it very telling that since the governments "targeting" of this commune , in various ways especially in what seems causing the beginning of underlying financial instability , among a campain to brake something that was for a whie was thriving . So sad , they couldnt allow people to simply do their best in their own way. What pride or human satisfaction of acomplishment for those original ones that built it from nothing. And then What a difficult thing to be faced with not being able to diaper or shoe ones children .... the gov knew im sure if the the stability was shaken long enough & those survival buttons are pressed ... they would win ... it would be broken . Even with all the unique difficulties some of these folks dealt with , it is wonderful to see that there is a prevailing sense of care among most touched on here anyway.

pamscolor, posted on May 12, 2016

Ignorance is the lack of knowledge or awareness; stupidity is insufficient intelligence. It is a shame that most of us are ignorant in the ways of creating meaningful change when casting our votes. However, the American government's collective and constant stupidity is the real tragedy. It seems to all come down to the money, doesn't it: control the money, control the situation.

suzanne.santo, posted on April 27, 2016

So beautiful that Rena received the love and care of those she grew up with, so many years later.

richardlanning, posted on April 11, 2016

Beautiful. A parallel life I am still seeking.
Odd how there was virtually no mention of the pernicious infiltration of money into th
mindset of certain members, nor the leader's standpoint on it. His military background
and a possible continuing FBI presence were also conspicuously lacking.
Overall, though, a great and commendable work.

bodyelectrician, posted on April 11, 2016

I LOVED watching this! Beautiful people gathering as a communal living experiment. Even though it didn't last as intended........... seems it made a lasting impression .

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on April 11, 2016

Thank you for writing with your review! We also have another documentary on Gaia that you may enjoy, COMMUNE.
Find it here:

All the best,

keith.burden, posted on April 10, 2016

Definitely worth the watch. In the 70's Amerika could have chosen a Back-to-the-Land Service-To-Other Gift Economy and anybody living here now knows that's not how it turned out. The PTB were afraid of what the The Farm showed was possible and it was nipped in the bud. In spite of that people tried to carry on and even to this day still care deeply about each other. Let's hope that never changes.

karina, posted on April 10, 2016

Loved this documentary, staying true to self and following up on it, despite hardship and rejection. Impressed how the documentary showed the deep levels of it, well done.

chireyafox, posted on April 8, 2016

Hero's Journey for sure. So many heroic beings depicted in this film, not the least of which are the women who made it. Much food for thought for society. Recommended.

Universal60640, posted on April 7, 2016

I have a hippie heart but never made it to a commune. The closest I came was lots of Sufi camps! Thank you for this glimps into commune life. You told the story in a beautiful and honest way. I am touched in a way that expands my world. Barbara Mueller

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on April 8, 2016

Barbara, thank you for taking the time to write with your thoughts on this documentary. I'm touched to know that you enjoyed the film as much as we did!

Many thanks,

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