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Goa Hippy Tribe

Goa hippies travel to the Indian beach paradise Anjuna Beach – the place where it all began.

The Goa Hippy Tribe project is about people who shared a common space and time on the shores of Goa, India during the 70’s ‘hippy revolution’ and are now re-uniting after more than 30 years via Facebook.

Along with throngs of other western baby boomers’ offspring, Australian filmmaker Darius Devas travelled to Anjuna Beach in 2010. The boomers themselves had been there in the late sixties, when the infamous Goa hippie movement was founded in the Indian beach paradise. A milestone in their self-development, with a lot of rock ‘n’ roll, alcohol, drugs and free love.

Forty years later – and half a life older – they meet again, thanks to the Goa community on Facebook. How do they look back on their hippie parties? What has become of their dreams? Why did they want to be reunited with the Goa family one last time? Georgette (57) and Raymond (65) seem to have hung on to their hedonistic ways, but Monica (56) left Goa a drug addict and Steve (60) claims that the rise of techno music killed the true hippie feeling.

Initially, Devas posted his video portraits on Facebook, but encouraged by the large demand he decided to create a stand-alone web documentary, supplemented with all sorts of goodies, like factsheets, photo galleries and background videos on such typical Goa subjects as drugs and spirituality. And while most of the former hippies claim to want little to do with Facebook, the physical reunion would never have happened without the virtual one.

Project details

Year of development :2010-11
Created by:Darius Devas
With:Paul Rudd, Ester Harding, Matt Smith, Nick Doherty, John-Paul Marin, Fernanda De Paula, Ken Mcleod

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