The Source Family

98 min minutes

Recommended by Gillian Anderson

The Source family was an early 1970s Southern California commune that formed around Jim Baker, later known as Father Yod. He started a vegetarian organic restaurant on Sunset Boulevard called the Source that morphed into a community of attractive young people who saw Baker as their father. The story is told through interviews with former members and old films, photos, and recordings—making a dynamic narrative. As the movie notes, they transformed sex, drugs, and rock and roll into a genuine religious formation.


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Film Credits
Jodi Wille, Maria Demopoulos