In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment, free drugs or a 'pure' life. Indian peasants assumed that a severe drought in the West was the reason for their migration. India's holy men saw it, more accurately, as a search for spirituality. Most moved back to their home countries after a few months or years. Some stayed for good. Cesare, an Italian expatriate, is still there searching and striving for spiritual liberation through back-breaking yoga. Hanspeter, a man originally from Switzerland, runs a small farm in the Himalayas. Erica and Gillian, South African twins, sew hippie handicrafts by day and party tirelessly at night. HIPPIE MASALA is a fascination chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.
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"Skillfully filmed and edited, the documentary by Swiss filmmaker Grossenbacher and anthropologist Luthi was an official selection at both the Woodstock Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival in 2007." Recommended Educational Media Reviews Online
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Woodstock Film Festival 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Miami International Film Festival 2007