Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden

Downloadable Video - 2009
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In rural Washington state in 1988, Kevin Tomlinson filmed a group of 'hippies' who had been living off the land since the '70s. In this poignant examination of an alternative community seen over time, he tracks down the original interviewees and explores what the glories and sufferings of living off the grid really entailed, and of hippie children who today question whether free love was really free.
Publisher: [United States] : Gaiam : Made available through hoopla, 2009
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 70 min.)) : sd., col
Additional Contributors: Tomlinson, Kevin
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Fionaenzo
Apr 24, 2013

excellent documentary. gives one suchhope for America. there are small flames that still burn throughout a lifetime to maintain values and integrity. loved see the thoughtful progression of their lives -- none directed by oursuit of money or pleasure. they continue to give back to the next generation. Inspirational. i came to Seattle in 1988 when this was filmed - it was a different city then.

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ktvc2001
Aug 03, 2012

Hippies have generally been reduced to a drug-addled parody of themselves by the mainstream media, but your documentary reveals that many of them were strongly principled human beings and fascinating characters. I hope that it receives wide viewing, especially now that there is renewed interest in this era by many young people.
I am old enough to have been there for many of the highs and lows of the 60's.....Woodstock, Haight Ashbury and Vietnam, among others. I was a drafted combat soldier who was against the Vietnam war and later participated in many of the protests here in Washington DC. My first political event was Martin Luther King's March on Washington in 1963, while I was in high school. After Vietnam, I was in the mood for a little peace & love and so I managed to make it to the 1969 Woodstock music festival.
I still believe in many of the values we held in those times and so I particularly enjoyed learning about the lives of the people in your film. My niece is a 22 year old neo-hippie who is in college presently, and she and her friends sometimes play Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, et al, on LP. She says LP's have warmer sound and bigger pictures. Who knew ?
She has attended anti-war rallies. The spirit lives.
Thank you for creating a fine documentary.
Peace,
Butch Weber

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