International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Wednesday 4 November, 7:00 PM

Saturday 7 November, 1:00 PM

Venue

The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, a Torch for Peace
Frontier Gandhi
Teri C. McLuhan
Canada/USA, 2008, 85 min.
In Pashtun, Hindi, Urdu, Dari, and English with English subtitles
Winner, Best Feature Documentary, Middle East International Film Festival, 2009
Canadian Premiere

Twenty-one years in the making, this dramatic feature length documentary tells the extraordinary story of Muslim peacemaker, Badshah Khan (aka Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan). Born into Pashtun warrior society, Khan managed to raise a non-violent army of more than 100,000 men, women, and youngsters of various religions as he fought alongside Mahatma Gandhi for India's independence. Shot in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the U.S. and Canada, this eye-opening film includes remarkably candid interviews with world leaders; rare historical footage; interviews with 72 of Khan's non-violent warriors, all beyond the age of 100 years; a haunting score by world music pioneer David Amram; and a Badshah Khan voice characterization by India's megastar, Om Puri.

Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, Badshah Khan's epic life and timely story remain little known. He died in 1988 at the age of 98 having spent 35 years in solitary confinement for his efforts to humanize the world he inhabited. His lifelong commitment to social justice, freedom and peace places him in that rarefied pantheon of peace figures that includes Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Khan's legacy offers a profound message of hope for these increasingly troubled times.

Dialogue with Teri McLuhan to follow screening on Wednesday November 4, 2009

Director's Biography:
Teri C. McLuhan

Teri C. McLuhan is an international award-winning filmmaker, best-selling author, and daughter of Canada's renowned social theorist Marshall McLuhan. She was born in Windsor, Ontario, and raised and educated in Toronto. McLuhan has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and currently resides in New York City. She has written five books on sacred space and the core values of diverse cultures across the planet: Touch the Earth, Portraits from North American Indian Life, Dream Tracks, The Way of the Earth, and Cathedrals of the Spirit. Her films include The Shadow Catcher, a feature length documentary, and The Third Walker, a feature narrative film.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors