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07 April 2007

Mahatma: Life of Ghandi 1869-1948

5-hour documentary. No, I haven't seen it. Made in 1968 by the Indian government, as far as I can tell. Probably not exactly "warts and all," but how many worrisome, significant warts did Ghandi have? I refer you to George Orwell for an excellent and perceptive essay (as per usual) on Ghandi, "warts" and all. The concluding sentence sums it up.

Shorter versions, and in different languages, available at the link below.

The blurb:

This is a 5 hrs. 10 min. documentary biography of Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi. All events and principles of Gandhi's life and thought are viewed as integrated parts of his truth-intoxicated life depicting permanent and universal values.The purpose of the film is to tell the present and the future generations "that such a man as Gandhi in flesh and blood walked upon this earth", to acquaint them with his life and work and to spread his message of peace and universal brotherhood to the war-weary and fear-stricken world. The film brings together a mass of visual record not only of 78-year life of Gandhi but also of an important period of India's history. The aim of the film being education and not entertainment, there is no attempt at dramatization of those exciting times. The story is told with an eye to truthful documentation of the main events within the limits of available documentary visual material.

Read more about the film. Film id: mahatma_full_640x480. Courtesy: GandhiServe Foundation, Mahatma Gandhi Research and Media Service. For personal, institutional and commercial use contact: media@gandhimail.org

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