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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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The Making of the Mahatma
It Happened Yesterday

The Making of the Mahatma portrays the transformation process of westernized Indian barrister Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, apparently vulnerable in his professional and family life, into the historical Mahatma Gandhi who had left India in April 1983 for South Africa with the intention of staying for a year working for a company belonging to Indians who had settled there. He stayed for 21 years. In South Africa he became aware of the repression suffered by non-whites and conceived a war without violence. On his return to India, he was already known as Mahatma, ?great soul?, the man who was to free his country from foreign rule without firing a shot.
SHYAM BENEGAL Aliwal (India), 1934. Despite having made approximately 70 films over his 39 years in the business, the poor international distribution of Indian cinematography has left Benegal in the shadows of the unknown. His work abounds in documentaries covering the social, political, cultural and ethnical aspects of India. He has also filmed a number of series for TV. In 1992, European televisions broadcast the documentary he dedicated to his colleague Satyajit Ray, Filmmaker (1982) following the latter's death.
Shyam Benegal
Fatima Meer, Shama Zaidi, Shyam Benegal
Ashok Mehta
Avril Beukes
Vanraj Bhatia
Rajit Kapur, Pallavi Joshi, Keith Stevenson, Paul Slabolepszy
Running Time
151 m.
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