A feature documentary based on the New York Times bestselling book Monkey on a Stick: Murder, Madness and the Hare Krishnas.
This chilling exposé of institutionalised corruption, co-authored by investigative journalists John Hubner and Lindsey Gruson has obtained exclusive access to the participation of Nori Muster, a former Krishna insider turned whistleblower.
The film explores Krishna Consciousness and exposes the movement's systemic, decades-long cover-up of criminality, moral decay and abuse of power. The documentary’s central subject, Nori Muster, was an ardent follower of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) until she discovered the organisation’s dark underbelly, which ranged from stockpiling weapons, dealing drugs, and fraudulent fund-raising to sexual assault, child abuse and ultimately murder.
Muster left ISKCON in 1988 and subsequently published a book, Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement, chronicling her experiences and ISKCON’s descent into corruption and chaos.