Outdoor Film Screening: Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948
Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the Menil Collection lawn for a free screening of Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869-1948.
Following Gandhi's assassination in 1948, a group of India's leaders created the Gandhi Films Committee, launching an international appeal for any film footage of the Mahatma ("great soul"). The global response was overwhelming, not only from news organizations like Pathé and the BBC, but from the anonymous cameramen whose names will never be known.
In 1968, the donated material became the basis of this remarkable film, seamlessly constructed from rare footage.
This screening is in anticipation of the exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, opening Oct. 2, at the Menil.