The Film Catalogue
Little Gandhi

Little Gandhi

Documentary | Arabic, English | 93 minutes


House of Film

Cast & Crew


Sam Kadi



Syria's first ever official selection for the Foreign Language category

for the 90th Academy Awards®

The immensely valuable footage of the film was shot under siege and smuggled out of the country. 

This feature documentary follows the life of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath

Matar, who became internationally known as "Little Gandhi" for his initiative of facing

down violent government security forces with flowers and bottles of water, inspiring

millions of people worldwide. Matar's brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged

the international community and erupted into one of the most violent crisis in modern history. 

The film was made to build a better understanding of what the Syrian Revolution is all

about and what it stands for. To unveil the truth about the Syrian heroes who first

initiated a movement for societal change several years before the Arab Spring. To shed

light on these brave activists who in their own words were inspired by Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. To remind the world of lives sacrificed in order to keep

the Syrian movement a peaceful uprising in spite of the unprecedented violence by the Syrian regime. 

Through "Little Gandhi", the filmmaker strives to share with the public the lost truth of the Syrian uprising.

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