Gandhi’s Children

Gandhi’s Children is not a documentary about Gandhi’s next of kin. It is a documentary about his legacy: on India. It is a documentary about where the children of India find themselves today: many decades after Gandhi’s assassination. The director takes us on his personal journey through India to document the powerless and give voice to the speechless. Gandhi’s Children is visually delicious. But, the visuals won’t feed a child’s stomach in India. India is destined to be a superpower economy by as soon as 2015, but the majority of its people still live under the poverty line.  The director focuses on four stories: Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water (any Captain Planet fans catch the reference?). First, we see the terrible conditions and tragic stories, including a community that survives by eating rats three times a day. The film, however, ends on a hopeful note.

The final act has over 100,000 poor organizing to lead a non violent foot march that would make Gandhi proud. They walk three hundred and forty kilometers over nine months. Their goal: the right to own land.

 

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  • Andrea Silvestri

    WOW
    you touch me deep!

  • You should have taken a wrong direction. The story misses research. Learn more about Ambedkar.

  • Adam

    Why not form sustainable food forest farming communes(ashrams) living in harmony with the forest out of these former farm families living in slums, and also the untouchables living in slums becoming ashram farming communes? Either by charitable NGO sponsored means or by government means including class action lawsuit and judicial injunction to bring it about? These people have the Universal Declaration of Human Rights right to have enough, to have decent lives, and these rights need to be enforced.

    • DarylTJ

      Indian government and officials are criminally corrupt.

  • DarylTJ

    How amazingly sad and tragic that so many people live like this, even in the 21st century.
    Only one reason: personal and corporate greed.

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