Event: Film: "Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami who started it all" - Award-Winning Film Premiere in Edinburgh.
Organisers: Jointly oraganised by the Edinburgh International Centre for Spirituality and Peace, EICSP, Scottish Charity, SC038996, and ISKCONS Scotland Scottish Charity, SC001127.
Venue: Odeon Edinburgh, 118 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 8BQ.
Date: Monday 23 July 2019.
Event Description: Film Trailer: https://www.fb.com/harekrishnathefilm/videos/1264291600359046/
Hare Krishna! is an award-winning documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada – the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. With only his unflinching determination and faith, he ignited the worldwide spiritual phenomenon, now known as the Hare Krishna movement.
More About the Documentary:
1965: America is in turmoil. Unprecedented introspection and questioning of societal norms roil the country. Prabhupada, an unassuming 70-year-old Swami from India, arrives in New York City alone and without support or money. He carries only the ancient scriptures he has translated, and the firm faith in his teacher’s request: “offer spiritual wisdom to the people of the world!”
Suddenly thrust into the raging counterculture movement, Prabhupada speaks of the world’s real need, which is not necessarily satisfied by political or social revolutions, but by a revolution of consciousness.
This universal message resonates with more and more people, including musician George Harrison whose hit song ‘My Sweet Lord’, features the Hare Krishna chant. From there, Prabhupada’s movement explodes, and his followers – now known as the Hare Krishnas – become a familiar sight, chanting and dancing in the streets of major cities throughout the world.
Not everyone is enamoured by the enthusiastic, and at times overzealous, fervour of Prabhupada’s young followers. As more people join the movement, parents and community leaders begin to view it as a dangerous cult. Devotees are charged with brainwashing and are taken to court in a controversial case that threatens to undermine everything that Prabhupada has worked for.
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.
Cost: £11.25 + £0.85 booking fee.