Chakra Discussions

World premiere of full-length film "Chant and Be Happy"

by Hari-dhama das

Posted October 28, 2003

Filmmaker Philippe Auliac, one of France's foremost film directors, recently produced his latest documentary film "Chant and Be Happy". Narrated by Ms. Laurence Geslin, a documentary maker trained in visual arts and the history of art, the film was edited by Julien Doublet and Celine Esteve.

Auliac has been a supporter of the Hare Krishna movement for a long time, and has a good relationship with devotees in France. He previously made the well-known film of George Harrison, "All things must pass". Auliac has just finished the final director's cut of "Chant and Be Happy"; four extracts of this 70-minute full-length film are available for downloading at

Philippe Auliac will premiere his film Sunday November 16 at the Hare Krishna Temple, 263 Duluth, Montreal, Canada. Devotees and guests are invited to be among the first to see this full-length film, to meet the director and to pose questions. Everyone is welcome. It has not yet been shown on television but broadcasting sales are expected.

Genevieve Brault, a journalist from the program "Culture Shock" hosted by Gregory Charles, will also be present for the film premiere. She is coming to interview Auliac for Canadian television.

After the film presentation, devotees will chant the Mahamantra and then hear the famous John Lennon-Paul McCartney song "All you need is love". Film viewers will hear and appreciate George Harrison, who greatly helped to spread the Krishna consciousness message. Auliac began work on this great project of "Chant and Be Happy" at Harrison's request. Harrison wanted a major film to influence the mass of people throughout the world.

This film shows another side of devotional life -- one new to most people. Everyone has seen devotees in traditional costume but the film depicts them practicing Krishna consciousness without having to live in a temple. Indeed, few people are aware that people -- without having to leave their employment or current occupations -- can freely participate in Krishna consciousness.

Philippe Auliac wanted his film to show another image of the Krishna devotees. He has shown that they are ordinary people with jobs, children, houses, etc., but who have added Krishna to their everyday lives. This great difference does not prevent devotees from living their daily lives and from developing a higher consciousness.

The film closes on this thought: "Is it possible that Krishna devotees have a key to happiness?" The answer is yes; studying Krishna consciousness philosophy and, of course, putting it into practice, can indeed bring happiness. This engaging film will help viewers to become aware of the spiritual dimension of life.

Those who miss the film premiere will have another opportunity to view the film, first on French-language television in Canada, and later when it is rebroadcast outside Quebec in an English-language version, still being finalised.

The evening will finish with a great vegetarian feast. Bring your friends.