AHIMSA- Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless, produced by Uma Gajapathi Raju, Sanchaita Gajapathi Raju and Jean Luc Berlot and written and directed by Ramesh Sharma ( Emmay nominee for The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl) won the best documentary award at the 21st New York Indian Film Festival on Sunday.
The film brings to the fore the impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence worldwide, how Gandhi inspired Martin Luthur Kingh Jr, John Lewis, Barack Obama and the United States; the Solidarity Movement in Poland, the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia as well as Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa,
The title song Ahimsa is by AR Rahman and Bono. Sanchaita said she was overwhelmed after getting the prestigious award. “ At a time when the world is fraught with turbulence, Mahatma’s teaching and life are more relevant. We thank our French co-producer Jean Luc Berlot.”