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Gandhi imageBased upon the one-hour documentary, "GANDHI'S GIFT."

GANDHI’S GIFT chronicles the Master of Nonviolence at the end of his life, 1944-48, on the brink of attaining his lifelong goal of freedom from the British but with his heart breaking by the partition of India and the terrible communal violence that is killing untold thousands. Having led masses in nonviolent marches, Gandhi now walks alone for unity and peace.

GANDHI’S GIFT is rich in history, showing Gandhi in the context of World War II and as a history-maker himself, who succeeds in freeing about 350 million Indians from the rule by the largest empire the world has known using only nonviolent methods. His story is timely today because his grass-roots work to promote interreligious harmony speaks volumes to our world.

GANDHI’S GIFT is the first major documentary about the Mahatma, or Great Soul, made in the U.S. It is filmed on location in India, South Africa and the UK at all of the important sites in his life. Historians and witnesses who actually grew up in the Mahatma's presence tell his story. They reveal details about his life that were known only by scholars before now. His timeless story is as timely as ever, introducing students to a 21st Century Gandhi.

Grade Range for Classroom Activities: 7 - 12 and College

GANDHI’S GIFT lessons were developed for grades 7-12 and college but are easily adaptable to other grade levels. They are written in a standard lesson format, complete with background information, standards and resources. Each lesson incorporates discussion questions and learning activities.

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"Screening Gandhi’s Gift made for a fascinating and inspiring evening at Johnson County Community College. We followed the film with a panel discussion with Cynthia that led to a wonderful conversation among people of diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to the values Gandhi exemplified.”
— Dr. Dennis Arjo, Chair, Department of Philosophy, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS