In 1922, India is under oppressive British rule and the country is in the midst of revolution. A young political activist named Abhay Charan goes to meet a holy man at a roof top gathering in old Calcutta, and this teacher speaks with great urgency to him. He tells Abhay that mankind is ultimately looking for eternal happiness and love, but they have forgotten where to find it. That ultimately, the real need of the world is not a political revolution, but rather a revolution of the heart. He then tells him to take the sacred and ancient yogic wisdom of India's spiritual culture to the people of the West so that they find the peace they are searching for. This instruction would change the course of young Abhay's life, yet it wasn't for another 44 years that Abhay, now Swami Prabhupada, would take up his Guru's task.
This is the incredible story of Swami Prabhupada, who at 70 years of age boarded a cargo ship bound for America, carrying nothing but 40 Indian rupees in his pocket and a trunk load of books, with the mission to take the teachings of bhakti yoga or Krishna consciousness to the western world.
He arrived in 1965, in the midst of a decade of intense turmoil and upheaval. Dissatisfied with materialism, and disillusioned by hypocrisy, a whole generation of young people were challenging the very foundations upon which their society had been built upon. Amongst the atmosphere of war, rioting, free love, drugs and rock'n'roll came people who were spiritual seekers, looking for the truth to life's big questions.
Over the next decade, Swami Prabhupada would ignite a world wide spiritual movement that saw hundreds of thousands of people join in, including George Harrison, who went on to write the hit record 'My Sweet Lord' that made 'Hare Krishna' a household name.
Swami Prabhupada was one of the early proponents of sustainable living, vegetarianism and the pioneer of today's hugely popular, worldwide kirtan (mantra meditation) and bhakti yoga movement. His books have sold over 500 million copies in over 87 languages and there are now over 600 Hare Krishna Temples worldwide. Yet he is still largely unknown.
Acharya takes you behind the scenes of one of the most prolific, and at times controversial, spiritual movements of the 20th century, to discover the story of the holy man behind it, and to explore the sacred science of bhakti yoga and it's path to discovering inner happiness.
Production on Acharya is projected to continue into 2016 with the aim to complete post-production on the film between August-October 2016.
Upon completion, the plan is to enter the film onto the film festivals circuit, aiming primarily for a North American International premiere in 2017 before hopefully seeing it travel around the world.
After premiering, the film would then be open to theatrical distribution. We also have plans for a grassroots distribution campaign which engages a global community to host screenings of the film in their locality. After some time the film will then be available on DVD or as an online download towards the latter half of 2017/2018. The film also has exciting broadcast opportunities on television, significantly in India and Europe.
Already, our Facebook and Youtube site traffic denote a captive audience for the film. To give an indication of just a fraction of those figures, our Facebook page has over 48,000 likes, and our two preview trailers together have had over 55,000 views.
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