"Everyone has heard of the Hare Krishna movement, but very few have heard the remarkable story of the man who founded it. If someone told you this story, you wouldn't believe it.”
— Dr. Thomas J Hopkins
1922: India is under oppressive British rule and the country is in the midst of a revolution. A young political activist named Abhay Charan meets a holy man at a rooftop gathering in old Calcutta, and this teacher speaks to him with great urgency. He tells Abhay that mankind is ultimately looking for eternal happiness and love, but has forgotten where to find it and 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 they can find the peace for which they are searching. This instruction would change the course of young Abhay's life; yet, it wasn't for another 44 years that Abhay, who became known as Swami Prabhupada, would take up his guru's (spiritual teacher’s) request.
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, a trunk load of books, and the mission to share the teachings of bhakti-yoga or Krishna consciousness with the Western world.
He arrived in 1965 during the a time of intense turmoil and upheaval. Dissatisfied with materialism and disillusioned by hypocrisy, a whole generation of young people was challenging the very foundations upon which their society had been built. Along with the atmosphere of war, rioting, free love, drugs, and rock 'n' roll came people who were spiritual seekers, those who were looking for the answers to life's big questions.
Over the next decade, Swami Prabhupada would ignite a worldwide spiritual movement, which drew in hundreds of thousands of people. This included George Harrison who wrote the hit record, 'My Sweet Lord', that made 'Hare Krishna' a household phrase. Swami Prabhupada was one of the early proponents of sustainable living and vegetarianism, and was the pioneer of today’s hugely popular, worldwide kirtan and bhakti-yoga movement. Over 500 million copies of his books in over 87 languages have been sold and there are now over 600 Hare Krishna temples worldwide. Yet he is still largely unknown.
Acharya takes you behind the scenes and reveals the story of the holy man who began one of the most prolific (and at times controversial) spiritual movements of the 20th century, the story which allows you to explore the sacred science of bhakti-yoga and where you will discover how to traverse the path to lasting inner happiness.
Production on Acharya is projected to continue into 2016 with the aim to complete post-production on the film by December 2016.
Upon completion, the plan is to enter the film onto the film festivals’ circuit, aiming primarily for a North American premiere in 2017, before hopefully seeing it travel around the world.
After premiering, the film will then be open to theatrical distribution. We also have plans for a grassroots distribution campaign, where global communities will host screenings of the film in their locality. Towards the latter half of 2017/2018, the film will be available on DVD or as an online download. The film also has exciting broadcast opportunities on television, especially in India and Europe.
Our Facebook and You tube site traffic already denotes 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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