By John Griesser, Jean Griesser, Lauren Ross

With A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, George Harrison, Boy George, Janis Joplin, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Woody Allen, Bob Dylan

USA | 2017 | 90'

The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All.

Hare Krishna! is a documentary on the life of Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. It explores how he ignited a spiritual revolution in consciousness, known worldwide as the Hare Krishna Movement.

Hare Krishna! is the true story of an unexpected, prolific, and controversial revolutionary. Using never-before-seen archival verite, Prabhupada’s own recorded words, and interviews with his early followers, the film takes the audience behind-the-scenes of a cultural movement born in the artistic and intellectual scene of New York’s Bowery, the hippie mecca of Haight Ashbury, and the Beatle mania of London, to meet the Swami who started it all.

The sixties were one of the most exciting decades in America marked by the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the civil rights movement and other internal turmoils. With all of this emerged a unique counterculture that had a different set of values. People in North America were looking to expand their consciousness and reject the prevailing order; be it religious, political or social. This was the time when Prabhupada arrives in New York, alone and without any sponsors to spread the word of Krishna Consciousness.

Whether you are a believer, devotee, skeptic, atheist, agnostic, or scholar, the film Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement, and the Swami Who Started It All will fascinate you. It is a profound and timeless portrait of one of the most important figures of the twentieth century, whose message of Krishna consciousness continues to reverberate in this fragile world to this day. His exemplary character, enriched by precious qualities such as tolerance, compassion, as well as his great spiritual devotion, made his life an ideal example that has inspired and continues to inspire countless people in every part of the world.

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