Film screening (London): Syria documentary 'Little Gandhi' - Fri 16 Sept 2016

On Friday 16 September (7pm) Amnesty International UK is hosting a screening of the film ‘Little Gandhi’, an acclaimed documentary on Syria.
 
Subtitled ‘The Lost Truth of the Syrian Uprising’, Little Gandhi profiles the life of the Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar, a key organiser of peaceful anti-government protests in the town of Daraya in 2011. See the trailer here.
 
Daraya, which was recently evacuated after a crippling four-year government siege, has been a key location in Syria’s protest movement and Matar became famous for his facing down of government security forces with flowers and bottles of water - hence the Little Gandhi name. 
 
Matar’s actions led to him being arrested, tortured and killed (aged 26), and the Little Gandhi documentary tells his tragic story. The award-winning director Sam Kadi, a Syria native and US citizen, interviewed a range of people who knew Matar and arranged for key activists in Syria to film in the country and smuggle out film files - a laborious and dangerous process which itself took six months. 
 
The screening of Little Gandhi - which is a benefit event for Syrian children - will be attended by Sam Kadi and there will be an audience Q/A session with him immediately after the film, followed by an informal drinks reception.
 
Event details:
 
What: film screening and Q/A discussion, followed by an informal drinks reception
 
Who: Sam Kadi, with other participants to be confirmed
 
Where: Human Rights Action Centre, Amnesty International UK, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA (Shoreditch)
 
When: Friday 16 September 2016, 7.00-10.00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
 
Cost: £10, with booking here.

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