Source: Fast Company
Eva Orner didn’t set out to make a #MeToo movie. But by the time she finished shooting “Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator,” that’s what it had become.
The documentary provides a harrowing look at the man who introduced the eponymous, wildly popular style of yoga to the U.S.
Contrary to the appearance of the bendy discipline as a soothing balm of self-care, the film depicts how founder Bikram Choudhury created a hostile environment in his studios, rife with sexual abuse, and how he fostered a cult-like community around it to help keep his dark secrets.
“I already thought it was a very timely, interesting, relevant story that people would want to watch,” the Oscar- and Emmy-winning director said over the phone. “And then after #MeToo broke, right in the middle of production, it was like, ‘Whoa, this has now become a different beast.’ It was the same story, and I didn’t change the way we told it. But to me, it’s now a cautionary tale of how men got away with it.”
“Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” is available now on Netflix.
Read the story at Fast Company.
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