Twenty-three years after its release, “Gandhi” will be screened today in the Palestinian Territories for the first time.
Under an effort known as the “Gandhi Project,” the film begins its Palestinian tour April 6 with a premiere in the Ramallah Cultural Palace.
Among those expected in attendance are Ben Kingsley, who won the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of Gandhi; producer Jake Eberts; and Palestinian director Hanna Elias, who oversaw the dubbing of the movie into Arabic.
Also in attendance will be the project’s sponsors, Jeff Skoll of Participant Prods. and the Skoll Foundation and Kamran Elahian of the Global Catalyst Foundation. Palestinian leaders from local communities and several ministers of the Palestinian government were also invited.
“It’s extraordinary to be here,” Kingsley told Daily Variety. “You hear the word ‘Ramallah’ so many times, and I’ll never quite read or hear it the same way again. All we have met here is courtesy, kindness and dignity.”
“Gandhi” is scheduled to continue with screenings in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Gaza, followed by Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Gandhi Project is part of a program designed to advance the goal of peaceful resistance, self-reliance and economic development. In the Palestinian Territories, the film will be shown in many refugee camps and villages.
The Gandhi Project is a collaboration between Palestinian NGOs and Relief Intl.-Schools Online.