Loved Wild Wild Country? We Line Up More Documentaries!
It’s #WellnessMonth at Le Mill. It’s the perfect time to take stock of how we’re faring on our New Year resolutions, and revaluate our health goals. But hey, no one said this needs to be boring. To that end, we’ve lined up workshops and even another edition of All Things Healthy, a super fun healthy food pop-up, at Le Mill. Watch this space for more on those!
Meanwhile, we have to ask, did you succumb to the pressure of watching the buzzy new documentary series Wild Wild Country on Osho? We are guilty of having spent an inordinate part of our weekend binge watching the Netflix special. The series revisits the controversies surrounding the wellness and free-love championing ‘bagwan’ – and it’s full of jaw-dropping twists and turns. (Charges of bio-terrorism, attempted assassination, and possibly the largest immigration fraud that the USA has seen, to be precise.) We’re in awe of Ma Anand Sheela, Osho’s formidable aide and personal secretary who also practically ran his ambitious enterprise and commune. Her sassy comebacks and cunning wit are equal parts troublesome and inspiring, and fine material for memes.
It reminded us of other equally unsettling tell-alls surrounding the wellness and health industry. Here are some of our favourites:
What the Health
The buzzy documentary co-produced by Joaquin Phoenix is responsible for turning NBA players vegan – much to the ire of their coaches! It looks at the government policies (American) and big businesses that are colluding to keep us sick. It’s by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the same folks who gave us the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. For every NBA player swayed by the documentary, there’s a critical op-ed debunking its theories, so take what they offer with heaps of salt.
Food crimes are a thing, and this six part series is obsessed with exposing them. The team that gave us Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the corruption within the food industry. It should make you question the sudden rise of food allergies, the cutthroat practices of meat farms, and pretty much everything you put in your mouth.
The feel-good body positive documentary by Taryn Brumfitt comes with a singular message: love the body you’re in. After this 39-year-old had her children, she loathed her body. She even came close to having multiple surgeries. Instead, she decided to enter a bodybuilding competition. The ‘After’ pic, while spectacular in documenting her transformation, didn’t help her self-image much – and she found that this was a universal problem.
That Sugar Film
Damon Gameau gets on a diet where he sticks to foods that are commonly bracketed under ‘healthy’. Sugar is practically everywhere on the supermarket shelves, in places you simply don’t expect. Apart from being a wake-up call, the documentary is a slick entertainer with cameos from comedian Stephen Fry, and actors Isabel Lucas and Brenton Thwaites. Plus, music from the likes of Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel and Florence and the Machine.