LITTLE GANDHI, directed and produced by award winning director Sam Kadi (THE CITIZEN), tells the heart-wrenching tragic tale of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar. The story of Matar, dubbed “Little Gandhi” for his strict code of nonviolent protest, takes viewers through the Syrian people’s peaceful pursuit of freedom and democracy only to be met with live ammunition from the Syrian regime. While the documentary follows the story of one young peaceful man, it also reflects the plight of all Syrians in their long fight for freedom, a particularly relevant theme as we welcome so many refugees into the Detroit metro area.
“I made this film to build a better understanding of what the Syrian Revolution is all about and what it stands for, years before the Arab Spring,” said Kadi. “These brave activists who were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi kept the movement peaceful in spite of the Syrian regime’s escalating violence. I’m very excited to be finally premiering the film in Michigan so residents in my long time hometown can finally get to see it. I’m grateful to be working with a respected news outlet like the Detroit Free Press which has supported my work since I started as a filmmaker.”
Little Gandhi, the winner of “Excellence in Filmmaking” award at the 2016 European Independent Film Festival (Paris), captures the essence of the Syrian revolution and shares with audience “The Lost Truth of the Syrian Uprising”. Director Sam Kadi was invited for two special screenings of his film “Little Gandhi” in Washington, DC, earlier this year. The first screening took place on the Hill for Members of U.S. Congress, while the other was at the U.S. Navy Memorial with keynote speaker Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Human Rights, Tom Malinowski. The film was also screened in Doha, Qatar for Qatari and foreign dignitaries including ten international Ambassadors. Little Gandhi was invited by Amnesty International to have its first screening in London, UK last week with a panel discussion, with director Kadi, that was moderated by the Guardian News editor Dr. Ian Black.
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