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Jonathan Berman in Commune


2005 NR

In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto "Free Land for Free People." This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.

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