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SUBJECTS — World/India & South Africa; U.S./Civil Rights;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Rebellion; Peace/Peacemakers;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility.
Age: 8+; MPAA Rating: PG; Biography; 1982; 188 minutes; Color.
This film is a biography of Mahatma Gandhi, the saint and Indian social reformer.
Gandhi would neither countenance the subjugation of his people nor demean himself by hurting another human being. To reconcile these moral imperatives, he used nonviolent mass action (also called nonviolent civil disobedience) to force governments to change their policies and to achieve independence for India. Nonviolent mass action has been adopted by movements seeking social change or revolution in many parts of the world, including the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and revolutions in the Philippines and Russia. Most recently, it has transformed the Middle East.
Gandhi also campaigned for Hindu/Muslim brotherhood against oppression of the untouchables and for reform in the treatment of women. He is personally responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives in India through fasting which stopped communal rioting. His leadership and example have inspired people and many governments, in India and throughout the world, to a new and higher level of morality.
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Mahatma Gandhi was perhaps the most important ethical/political leader of the 20th century. He lead India to independence at the head of a non-violent movement. This movie will introduce Gandhi and his times.
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India has many religious groups. The largest are the Hindus and the Muslims. While there were tensions and some hostility between religious groups before colonial rule, the British fanned the flames of religious intolerance and hatred to keep the Indians from uniting to resist colonial rule. The policy was called "Divide and Rule." Gandhi campaigned for religious tolerance. On several occasions he fasted almost to death, to stop sectarian rioting.
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