Part one of two from this full length documentary.
Part two of two from this full length documentary.
One of the earliest films made by Roger Donaldson (Sleeping Dogs), this curio chronicles the dawning of the Age of Aquarius in Aotearoa. The made for TV film features interviews with those who've swapped walk shorts for wigwams to "start again". There's rebellion against all things straight, and rejection of the city in favour of getting back to nature. Folk songs are the soundtrack to hippies, outdoor bathing, "group touching", the Blerta bus, and DIY dome housing. Counterpointing the counterculture are 1984-style scenes of masked marchers representing the silent majority.
My commitment was merely to getting away from being enmeshed in the money system. I wanted a certain amount of independence to do things I wanted and the best way I could see of doing this was to produce as much of my own food and other necessities as possible, so I wasn't involved in working regular hours for anyone.– Member of the intentional community