Lead character in the Netflix documentary series "Wild Wild Country", former personal secretary and spokesperson to spiritual master Osho
The figure of Sheela has become known worldwide thanks to Wild Wild Country
(Netflix, 2018), a documentary series that looks at her key role in the development of the cult of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (later known as Osho) and addresses issues such as conspiracies, alternative post-hippy religious cults and culture shock, among many others. As Osho’s personal secretary, Sheela was in charge, of implementing the huge experiment that prompted the collective to buy a 260 km2 ranch in Oregon, in the States, to set up a vast commune with its own laws. There she became a charismatic and controversial media figure, the visible face of confrontation with the former inhabitants of that region, first, and then with the US authorities. This confrontation led to 29 months’ imprisonment, accused of several of the activities carried out in the community.
Sheela and Osho created what they believed a society could look like. Sheela stood up against a world lead by men and criticized the way societies was lead and she went through brick walls for the sake of her belief. Gather is not supporting the decisions Sheela has made, but this is a story that creates reflections, frustrations, inspirations and much more. That’s a story of change, and that story belongs at Gather.