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Parents need to know that Gandhi begins with Gandhi's assassination and shows brutal beatings and a violent depiction of a shooting massacre. That said, this movie provides a brilliant way to learn about history and about the spiritual principles of nonviolence, tolerance, and self-sacrifice. It's advisable to break the movie over two nights (there is an intermission).
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Director Richard Attenborough's extensive biopic GHANDI begins as the influential Indian spiritual and political leader (Ben Kingsley) takes a stand against the Pass Laws in South Africa and implements his methods of nonviolent protest for the first time. The film spans Gandhi's adult life, showing how his spiritual principles of equality, tolerance, and nonviolence inspired India to push for independence from British rule. The movie pulls no punches in showing the violence that came out of the partition of India into India and Pakistan.
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Families can talk about what motivated Gandhi and why people followed him. How was he a different kind of leader?
What parallels to the American civil rights movement do you see?
What can modern leaders learn from Gandhi?
- In theaters: December 8, 1982
- On DVD or streaming: August 27, 2001
- Cast: Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox
- Director: Richard Attenborough
- Studio: Columbia Tristar
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: History
- Character strengths: Courage, Humility, Integrity, Perseverance
- Run time: 190 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some violence
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