Chakra Discussions

TV Documentary: My Hare Krsna Family

by Ila d.d.

Posted August 1, 2005

Dear Maharajas and Devotees

The television documentary, "My Hare Krishna Family," is due to be screened on the 18th of August 2005, on the channel SABC 2 in South Africa. The documentary was made by non-devotees, and may prove quite interesting as it features the famous South African actor Frank Opperman, who is related to a devotee, as well as interviews with HH Mahavishnu Swami, and film clips of several temples in South Africa and Ghana. The idea for the film originated entirely from a non-devotee friend of Frank Opperman, a famous South African Documentary producer, Denise Slabbert. Frank Opperman has won the South African Film Award for "Best Actor of the Year" twice, and is especially popular amongst the Afrikaner community there. He is also a famous singer and in this film we will hear him singing his own "Hare Krishna" tune...

In brief the film has as its subject the rather controversial marriage between a white Afrikaans South African girl (Ila devi dasi) and a black Ghanaian man (Shastra dasa). It examines their lives as devotees and touches upon ISKCON and its lifestyle and philosophy as a whole. The film producers also did not make it easy for us, as they would give us no warning in advance as to when and where they would be filming, and would deliberately ask sometimes very controversial questions without any prior notification. The film producer apparently likes to have things realistically, without any pretence or cover-up.

Of course around 50 hours of footage was shot in both South Africa and Ghana for the film, and from this the producers are reducing it to a one-hour documentary. We ourselves have not seen it, and we are praying that what comes out of it will be something that can attract others to Krishna Consciousness. The way in which Krishna mysteriously inspired the producers to do this documentary, without any prompting from devotees, getting US$ 30 000 from the South African Broadcasting Corporation for the production, proves that Krishna is really the controller..... here are the words from film Director Denise Slabbert:

"This film will be broadcast by the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) during the month of August 2005 and will possibly be flighted at film-festivals (and on TV stations) globally. We intend to enter it into a few International Documentary Competitions. I hope you don't mind, but I will be in contact with you quite a bit over the next two weeks as we are going to be editing the film, and I will probably need you to answer a few questions for me along the way. I just know that we are going to make a beautiful film....so think of us, please. Frank and I decided that Krishna must make this film - we'll just channel the message, so we'll wait and see!"

Quite amazing words for someone who has never worshiped Krishna before....So please all pray that the film will be really good.

Your servant
Ila devi dasi