The Gandhi Jayanti on 2 nd October 2018 marked the beginning of two years’ celebration of the
sesquicentennial of Mahatma Gandhi which is slated to conclude on 2 nd October 2020. Films Division,
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 of short films on Gandhian ideas across
cinemas apart from organizing festival on his life and philosophy, throughout 2018-2020, in various
places in the country.
As part of the grand finale of two years’ celebration of Gandhiji’s sesquicentennial, Films
Division is organizing a week-long ‘Gandhi Filmotsav’ which will be streamed on it’s Website
and YouTube Channel from 26 th September to 2 nd October 2020. The filmotsav will begin with
an animation film, Vaishnav Jan To…, a pictorial reflection of the bhajan immortalized by Mahatma
Gandhi, followed by milestone documentaries, Dawn of Gandhian Era (20 min.), 85 Nayak Ni Pol
Porbander (12 min.), Then Came Gandhi (21 min.), The Great Salt March (19 min.), The Hundred
Minutes (13 min.), Gandhiji: Through the eyes of a Cartoonist (9 min.) and Yug Devata, a sand
animation film portraying Mahatma Gandhi's dream of Swachh Bharat. A high light of the festival is
the screening of Baapu Ne Kaha Tha (83 min.) and Abhi Kal Hi Ki Baat Hai (42 min.), two sought-after
films on Gandhiji, produced by Children’s Film Society of India.
In its efforts to take the Gandhi Filmotsav to the nook and corner of the country, Films Division has
collaborated with the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (Central University),
Wardha, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Bengaluru, Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai, India
Tourism, Mumbai, Rajiv Gandhi Central University, Arunachal Pradesh and the Science Media Centre,
IISER Pune to screen the FD package of documentaries and animation films on their web site/social
media platforms from 26th September to 2nd October 2020.
The films included in the festival schedule will be streamed on all days, on www.filmsdivision.org/
Documentary of the Week and http://www.cfsindia.org and https://www.youtube.com/user/FilmsDivision, till
2 nd October, 2020.