New Delhi, September 26: The Films Division, Ministry of Information Broadcasting On Friday announced that they are organizing ‘Gandhi Filmotsav’ as part of the grand finale of the two-year celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The online film festival on its website and youtube channel will be streamed from 26th September to 2nd October 2020.
According to the statement released by the Broadcasting minister, the Films Division, which is a repository of rare live footage and documentaries on the Father of the Nation, began the 150 years of celebrating Mahatma by producing and screening a number short films on Gandhian ideals across cinemas apart from organising festivals on his life and philosophy, throughout 2018-2020, in various places in the country.
The Gandhi Jayanti on 2nd October 2018 marked the beginning of two years celebration of the sesquicentennial of Mahatma Gandhi which is slated to conclude on 2nd October 2020.The week-long Filmotsav will begin with an animation film, ‘Vaishnav Jan To’, a pictorial reflection of the bhajan immortalised by Mahatma Gandhi.
It will be followed by milestone documentaries — Dawn of Gandhian Era, 85 Nayak Ni Pol Porbander, Then Came Gandhi, The Great Salt March, The Hundred Minutes, Gandhiji: Through the eyes of a Cartoonist and Yug Devata, a sand animation film portraying Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of Swachh Bharat. However, the highlight of the festival is the screening of ‘Baapu Ne Kaha Tha’ and ‘Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai’ — two sought-after films on Gandhi, produced by the Children’s Film Society of India.