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May 15, 2006

Gandhi - 7

This is the amazing story of Mahatma K. Gandhi. He spent his life fighting for justice in a non-violent way. He studied law in England, and then went to South Africa where he protested the treatment of Indians. He then returned to his native India and helped to peacefully push the English out and encouraged self government. The film uses an incidence of racism on a South African train as the starting point of his political activism. The film focuses on his struggle with injustice, with small elements of his marriage and family life. He often fasted in protest of violent political action. The film ends where his life did, he was shot on the way to morning prayers on January 30, 1948.
This film is a great example of storied living. It was not only the ideas that people were attracted to in Gandhi's life, it was the way of life that seems consistent -to cohere- with his ideas. There were two interesting quotes that the film used from Gandhi's autobiography that speaks to his view of history and seemed to inspire his own sense of moral meaning: "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."; and "There are many causes that I am prepared to die for but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."

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