SILVER HAIR STILL ROCKS
Directors: Matthias Lukoschek, Andrea Rüthlein
Documentary | Germany | 2021
95 min | Dolby 5.1
56th Hof International Film Festival
In the early 70s, a handful of people discovered the idyllic beaches of Goa. They were dropouts from the commercialized world who proudly called themselves “hippie freaks” and still spend every winter there.
In the film, shot on original locations in Goa, long-time friends and contemporary witnesses trace a world of awakening, a world full of freedom, lust and spirituality. Everyday life in their Goa paradise was marked not only by deprivation, but also by a certain insanity. How did they live without electricity, without running water, without law and order? Many could not cope with the new freedom in Goa, took hard drugs, went to prison or died. Those who survived these times often devoted themselves to imaginative and artistic tasks; many are to this day working as musicians, filmmakers, actors or designers.
Locals, on the other hand, tell things from their point of view, sometimes giving bizarre insights into the hippies’ wild life which had so very little to do with their own but which they nevertheless accepted in a friendly way. In the meantime, especially since the beginning of the pandemic, the scene has changed fundamentally and the circle of friends of the legendary “hippie freaks” is, also due to age, becoming smaller and smaller. But their memories in combination with the atmospheric pictures on location bring the special spirit of Goa back to life and make them tangible again.
Screenplay ANDREA RÜTHLEIN, Cinematography MATTHIAS LUKOSCHEK, Editing JÜRGEN ANTOSCH, Sound Design RAINER LUX, Production MATTHIAS LUKOSCHEK, ANDREA RÜTHLEIN