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Pathways to Peace Film Series at HUC
The Pathways to Peace film series is cosponsored by the UAB Department of Art and Art History, the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences. All films are free. Each film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium at the Hill University Center, 1400 University Blvd.
The films are presented as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Civil Rights Commemorative Series. The films are a prelude to this summer’s Pathways to Peace Study Away program, which will take place in Gujarat and Rajasthan, India, in July. The program is open to UAB undergraduate, graduate and non-degree-seeking students.
Thursday, Jan. 31: “The Dhamma Brothers”
“The Dhamma Brothers” tells a dramatic story of human potential and transformation as it documents the stories of a group of Donaldson Correctional Facility prisoners who enter into an ancient meditation technique known as Vipassana. The documentary screening will include discussion with Pradeep Jonnalgadda and UAB Associate Professor Alison Chapman, Ph.D. The evening also will include clips from the film “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana,” the story of a woman named Kiran Bedi, the former inspector general of prisons in New Delhi, India, who strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison and turn it into an oasis of peace.
Friday, Feb. 1: “A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict”
“A Force More Powerful” explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons, such as boycotts, strikes and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins, nonviolent sabotage and blockades frustrated many rulers’ efforts to suppress people. The film will be shown in two segments, the first about Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience campaign against the British in India, and the second about the sit-ins and boycotts that desegregated downtown Nashville, Tenn., with two short films, “Gandhi at the Bat” and “And Gandhi Goes Missing,” shown in between.
Friday, Feb. 8: “Finding Gandhi (aka Road to Sangam)”
A simple story of a God-fearing, devout, Muslim mechanic who has been entrusted the job of repairing an old V8 Ford engine, not knowing the historic significance that it once carried the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi to be immersed in the holy river Sangam. He is caught in a complex political situation, and thus begins his journey of Gandhian values, principles and patriotism.
Friday, Feb. 15: “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin”
Rustin was a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement for more than 60 years. He introduced Gandhi’s principles of nonviolence to American activists, and he organized the 1963 march on Washington, D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. So why do so few know his name? Rustin’s status as an openly gay man who served jail time as a conscientious objector during World War II guaranteed his marginalization during the 1960s among civil rights leaders, who feared he could be used by opponents to discredit their movement.
Friday, Feb. 22: “In the Footsteps of Gandhi” and “In Gandhi’s Footsteps: Kiran Bedi”
50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s historic pilgrimage to study Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent teachings, Martin Luther King III, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, and a Congressional delegation take viewers on an unforgettable journey through modern India.
“In Gandhi’s Footsteps” is the story of Bedi, who has been compared to Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi. Bedi, a policewoman and reformer, has worked in the most dangerous and violent parts of Indian society and has found non-violent solutions. Among her innovations are retraining much-feared police officers into “welfare” officers; meditation sessions for prisoners, which helped calm violence in an Indian jail; treatment for drug addicts; and vocational trade schools for the slum-dwelling poor.
Friday, March 1: “I Did Not Kill Gandhi (Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara)”
This film explores the downward spiral of a retired Hindi professor as he falls victim to dementia. He believes he accidently killed Mahatma Gandhi by playing with a toy gun. His daughter must now determine if her father was in any way responsible for Gandhi’s death. She also tries to find out what triggered this long-suppressed memory while coming to terms with the repercussions she faces from her father’s condition. The film examines the legacy of Gandhi and how it affects daily life In India.