IDRC-funded documentary on the Syrian uprising to be shown across Canada

November 17, 2016

Little Gandhi movie poster

The award-winning documentary on the true victims of the Syrian uprising, Little Gandhi - The lost truth of the Syrian uprising, is coming to Canadian venues. Screened internationally, it is being touted as a great example of a powerful film that can touch people’s lives in a way that news reports of the horrors of conflict cannot.

Directed by Sam Kadi, the film is part of broader IDRC-supported research on the Syrian conflict and the country’s future, carried out by the Syrian Center for Political and Strategic Studies (SCPSS). The documentary tells the story of Syrian peace activist, Ghiyath Matar, who earned the nickname of Little Gandhi. He and his fellow peaceful protesters, young men and women from Daraya, a suburb of Damascus, were inspired by leaders of peaceful protests world-wide and risked their lives in the brutal context of Syria.

In collaboration with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), IDRC is hosting the film’s director, Sam Kadi, and the Director of SCPSS, Radwan Ziadeh, to screen and discuss the documentary in different cities across Canada. They will be joined by panelists from IDRC and GAC to continue discussions on the film, shot in a war-torn country, and the aspirations people of Syria have for the future.

The movie won Best Foreign Documentary Award at the 21st International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles, in October 2016, and the Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking at the Independent European Film Festival, in April 2016. Among many screenings, it has been shown to the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and to Qatari government officials in Doha.

The first round of screenings and panel discussions in Canada will be:

  • November 21, 2016, 7–9 p.m., Max Bell Hall/ McConnell Theatre, Pearson College UWC, 650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria
  • November 22, 2016, 7 – 9 p.m., University of Victoria, Harry Hickman Building, Room 105 (3800 Finnerty Road), please RSVP on Facebook
  • November 23, 2016, 5–7 p.m., Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver Vancouver, please RSVP on Facebook

Watch for details of the next screenings in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.

Learn more:

Visit the Little Gandhi Facebook page

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