This 90-minute film tells the story of Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, who earned the nickname “Little Gandhi” because he gave water and flowers to soldiers as a form of non-violent protest. It documents the early days of the Syrian revolution, when resistance was still unarmed.
A discussion will follow with:
- Sam Kadi, film director
- Robert Ford, former US Ambassador to Syria
- Qutaiba Idlibi, Syrian peace activist
- Yaman Qadri, Syrian peace activist
- Simon Adams, Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- Louis Charbonneau, UN Director for Human Rights Watch
Little Gandhi won the 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.
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. By featuring victims' perspectives from current and past conflicts, along with their thoughts on transitional justice, Little Gandhi raises awareness of the need to address human rights violations in a post-conflict Syria.
IDRC is also part of Canadian efforts to protect Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries, such as Lebanon and Jordan. For example, IDRC is supporting a project to develop and test digital education tools and resources to increase refugees’ access to learning.
Admission is free. Please register here.