The documentary Ahimsa Gandhi: The Power of Powerless by Ramesh Sharma pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of his 150th birthday and honours him as the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement. The sales agent of the film is Distant Horizon.
The film is produced jointly by Anant Singh (South Africa’s Videovision Entertainment), Jean Luc Berlot, Xavier Couture, Ramesh Sharma, Uma Gajapati Raju, Sanchaita Gajapati Raju
The new movie on Gandhi is currently screened for buyers at Netflix type American Film Market on Demand platform. Ramesh Sharma is a well-known award-winning feature film and documentary Producer/Director in India whose films have won numerous awards in Indian National, as well as International Film Festivals. He is the recipient of six National awards and numerous International awards (including the Opera Prima in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) and his film, The Journalist and the Jihadi – The Murder of Daniel Pearl was nominated for two Emmy awards in the USA.
Ahimsa Gandhi: The Power of Powerless is about Ahimsa with respect to Gandhi, but more importantly Gandhi and his influence on the seminal world movements that took place, for instances, his influence on the civil rights movement in America, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, the Velvet Revolution of Czechoslovakia, and the independence of India. So it is about the importance of non-violence and its relevance in contemporary times.
The film, whose run time is 108 minutes, was shot on 4K and comes with surround sound 5.1 audio. The feature documentary weaves in rare archival footage, photographs, inspirational songs, to put together a compelling and powerful narrative of the impact of Ahimsa – Non-Violence.
U2 and AR Rahman have done the title track. In light of the violence and the racism that is prevailing in the world today, not only in the United States but also the rise of Nationalism in Hong Kong, Gandhi’s message of Ahimsa is even more relevant today.
The film also narrates the impact of the Gandhian message of Non Violence worldwide; how it inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in USA, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, The Velvet Revolution of Havel, and the Anti- Apartheid strife in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s fight against injustice, oppression, racism and his struggle to restore basic human rights and dignity for the coloured citizens of his country. In short, the film decodes the power of Non-Violence and why it remains relevant to this day.
Along with interviews with world renowned scholars, biographers, as well as close family members of Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel Laureates such as The Dalai Lama and the former Polish President Lech Walesa, the feature documentary captures rare archival footage, photographs and inspirational songs in order to put together a compelling and powerful narrative of the impact of Ahimsa- Non Violence in some of the seminal political movements of the 20th century and its continuing relevance for contemporary times. As Martin Luther King Jr. says in the film, “The choice is no longer between Violence and Non Violence. it is between Non-Violence and Non-Existence.”
The film was shot in India, South Africa, US and Europe. U2 and AR Rahman have done the title track. In light of the violence and the racism that is prevailing in the world today, not only in the United States but also the rise of Nationalism in Hong Kong, Gandhi’s message of Ahimsa is even more relevant today.