Orange Sunshine

The never-before-told story of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love – a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in Southern California that became the largest suppliers of psychedelic drugs in the world during the 1960s and early 1970s. Bonded by their dreams to fight social injustice and spread peace, this unlikely band of free-spirited idealists quickly transformed into a drug-smuggling empire and at the same time inadvertently invented the modern illegal drug trade. At the head of the Brotherhood, and the heart of this story, is the anti-capitalistic husband and wife team, who made it their mission to change the world through LSD.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Derek Deskins on Letterboxd

    Kirkley deploys a handful of tricks to build this world of love and drugs. The many reenactments are shot fantastically, treading the line between what is real and what is recreation. For long stretches you forget that you are watching actors and believe that we are seeing some kind of shockingly probing archival footage.

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  • ★★★½ review by dankwit on Letterboxd

    Nice doc, there's a book out that I want to read as well about the same deal. There needs to be a series about late '60s-early '70s Leary and I'm even more convinced now. Who should play him?

  • ★★★½ review by Chris Franklin on Letterboxd

    Interesting story of a group of spiritual hippies from the 60's and how they became huge dealers of LSD and hash. I want to know so much more

  • ★★★½ review by Emily on Letterboxd

    The combination of this doc and my bosses talking about smuggling hash, taking tons of LSD, and all of the drug smugglers they knew really made for a perfect morning.

  • ★★★★★ review by Heather Forrester on Letterboxd

    As "not normal" as it appears these people have the best of intentions. You can feel lots of love in the stories told. Though I'm not a drug user I tip my hat to the reasons for their teachings.

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