The Ashram Children (2019) by Jonathan Ofek

The Ashram Children (2019)

5 September, 19:35 – 21:00h | Get your tickets right here!

Location: LAB111, Amsterdam, Netherlands | Click HERE for more info

Film director: Jonathan Ofek | Year: 2019 | Runtime: 67 min Genre: Documentary, Feature | Subtitle(s): English | Language(s): Hebrew, English


Synopsis: For 20 years, Jonathan, the filmmaker, grew up in Jerusalem and in an Ashram in India, which he had to keep secret. In the Ashram he was taught to dedicate his life to the Guru, to always think of him. That way, one could finally reach the ultimate goal of becoming enlightened and realizing the “Truth”. 20 years (and a lot of therapy) later, the director sets out to understand the secret he was forced to keep about India throughout his entire life, the effect it has on him even now, and to find out what happened to the other Ashram children. Through this journey he can finally understand: had he been raised in a cult?


  • Short Introduction: 2 min | (before the film starts)
  • Q&A: 15 min | (after the film)
  • Filmmaker: Jonathan Ofek (through Skype)

Credits & Specifications

  • Director: Jonathan Ofek
  • Writer: Jonathan Ofek
  • Producer: Jonathan Ofek, Itamar Luria
  • Project Type: Documentary, Feature
  • Genres: Documentary, Family, Education, Cult, Religion, Guru, sect, personal, journey
  • Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
  • Year of completion: 2019
  • Country of Origin: Israel
  • Country of Filming: India, Israel, United States
  • Language: English, Hebrew
  • Distribution information: Docushuk