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The Gandhian influence in some way still speaks to the conscience of the world as nations grapple with intractable problems; as societies struggle to give the marginalized and the underserved human dignity and restore fundamental human rights.
The film narrates the impact of the Gandhian message of Non Violence worldwide; how it inspired Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement in USA, the Solidarity Movement in Poland, The Velvet Revolution of Havel, and the Anti- Apartheid strife in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s fight against injustice, oppression, racism and his struggle to restore basic human rights and dignity for the coloured citizens of his country. In short, the film decodes the power of Non-Violence and why it remains relevant to this day.
Interviews with world renowned scholars, biographers, as well as close family members of Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel Laureates such as H H The Dalai Lama, Former Polish President Lech Walesa, the feature documentary, weaves in rare archival footage, photographs, inspirational songs, to put together a compelling and powerful narrative of the impact of Ahimsa- Non Violence in some of the seminal political movements of the 20th century and its continuing relevance for contemporary times. As Martin Luther King Jr. says in the film, “The choice is no longer between Violence and Non Violence. it is between Non-Violence and Non-Existence.”
An adLine Entertainment production in association with First Channel India LLP
Jean Luc Berlot
Uma Gajapati Raju
Sanchaita Gajapati Raju
Ahmed A Jamal
Director of Photography
Ramesh Sharma, is a well-known award-winning feature film and documentary Producer/Director in India whose films have won numerous awards in Indian National, as well as International Film Festivals. He is the recipient of 6 National awards and numerous International awards (including the Opera Prima in the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) and his film, The Journalist and the Jihadi – The Murder of Daniel Pearl was nominated for two Emmy awards in the USA.
Ramesh Sharma won his first National Award for his documentary on the Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim . The film also won the award for artistic excellence in the Commonwealth Film and TV award in Cyprus. He followed this with a book on Sikkim titled The Images of Sikkim. Ramesh Sharma’s feature film “NEW DELHI TIMES” (which he directed) was critically acclaimed and won 4 awards in the National Film Festival in India, including the Indira Gandhi Award for the Best Debut Film. The film also won the AM Brousil “Opera Prima” award in the 25th International Karlovy Vary Film Festival and has been shown all over the world including the London Film Festival, Cairo International Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival. The film was the opening film for the Festival of Indian Cinema in Tashkent.
Mr. Ramesh Sharma has since been actively involved in film and television business and has written, directed and produced numerous short films, corporate films as well as documentaries. His list of credits includes the critically acclaimed ten part series “The making of the nation”, another ten part series for “India Today- 25 Incredible Years”, 52 minute documentaries on the Mahakumbh Mela (2002), (telecast on Rai TV, Italy), Afghanistan-The Taliban Years and Beyond (telecast on Discovery Channel) and Jihad- The Sword of Islam (2005) which has been telecast in over 20 countries worldwide and the documentary of renowned Italian explorer and scholar G Tucci- Of Mountains and Monasteries- In the Footsteps of Tucci.
Mr. Sharma produced and co-directed the 78-minute feature documentary The Journalist and The Jihadi- The Murder of Daniel Pearl. This co-production with HBO was nominated for two EMMY awards in the USA in 2007. The film won the National Award in India for The Best Investigative Documentary of the Year. In 2007 he was awarded the Caviliere dell’Ordiine della Stella Della Solidarieta’ Italiana by the Government of Italy. He has also partnered numerous co-productions with various television channels and production companies in Europe and America. Presently Mr.Sharma is developing 2 major International feature film co-productions, including one on the life and times of Amrita Sher Gil. The other is on the Hungarian linguist and translator of Tibetan Buddhist texts, Csoma de Koros.
To commemorate 150 years of Gandhi’s birth in 2019, Ramesh Sharma produced and directed a feature documentary – Gandhi: The Power of The Powerless. Mr Sharma has produced over 5000 hours of television programming in India in various genres.
Mr.Ramesh Sharma served as a member of the key Advisory body to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India from 2001 to 2005. He was also a member of FICCI’s Entertainment committee in India and member of the Governing Council of the NASSCOM-FICCI-e@lliance. He was also appointed in 2005 for a period of two years – as Member of the Indo-China Sub Commission for Film and TV- an official body set up between the Governments of India and China.
He was Member Trustee of the India Brand Equity Foundation- a board set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India in 2009. He was the Chairman of the Jury of the National Film Awards for non-feature films in India in 2012 He has been appointed as Head of Evaluation Committee by Ministry of I&B, Govt of India to give report on the working of NFDC, Films Division, National Film Archives of India and Children’s Film Society of India for the last five years.
He was appointed by the President of India, to the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology, Sikkim and Member of the Executive Council of the Central University, Himachal Pradesh by the Govt of India. He was also Member of the Steering Committee organizing the International Film Festival of India, Goa in 2013 and was reappointed for the same in 2014
He is married to Uma Gajapati Raju (former Member of Indian Parliament – Lok Sabha) and he lives in Gurgaon (near Delhi) and Mukteshwar with his wife and daughter.