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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Commune for showing us that
without the necessary skills for farming, and for making
some kind of products that had some kind of demand,
communes were a lost cause from day one.

Commune
Peace and Love are Only Half the Story

Commune (2006) - 78 minutes
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In 1968, two hippies hiking near Mt. Shasta in Northern California stumbled across an unlikely property for sale: an abandoned goldmine and surrounding land, 300 acres for $22,000. Fueled by contributions form the Doors, the Monkees, Frank Zappa and others, they bought the property and named it Black Bear Ranch. It quickly became the prototypical 1960s commune, with the motto "Free Land for Free People."

Utopian communities have always been a part of the United Sates, but in the 60's and 70's their audacious goal was to reshape the world with free love and common property - creating a revolutionary movement that would spread to the rest of society. But utopia is different for each person, and these experiments often brought strife, jealousy and sometimes even endangered lives.

Featuring interviews with several Black Bear alumni alongside a wealth of photographs and home movies, this acclaimed documentary offers a candid look into the joys and difficulties of free love, nude farming, survival in the wilderness, multiple-parent childrearing and other fascinating aspects of communal living.


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Commune
Peace and Love are Only Half the Story

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Commune for showing us that
without the necessary skills for farming, and for making
some kind of products that had some kind of demand,
communes were a lost cause from day one.