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Posted January 17, 2011

Award-Winning Director to Screen Documentary at Carleton

OTTAWA – Carleton University will host filmmaker and author T.C. McLuhan on Sunday, Jan. 30 as she screens her documentary on the life of freedom fighter, educator, and humanitarian Badshah Khan titled, “The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch for Peace.”

Twenty-one years in the making, this feature-length new documentary tells the epic story of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988) who, in partnership with Mahatma Gandhi, led a non-violent resistance movement against British colonial rule in the North-West Frontier Province of the Indian subcontinent in the first half of the 20th century. The charismatic Khan came to be known as Badshah Khan and as the ‘Frontier Gandhi’.

Nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize, Khan raised the Khudai Khidmatgars (servants of God), a peaceful army who were sworn to non-violence. He championed women’s rights, opened schools, and challenged his warrior Pashtun culture to embrace an ethos of peace and a non-violence of the strong.

The screening begins at 2 p.m. in the Bell Theatre, located in the Minto Engineering Centre. The presentation is free, open to the public, and will be followed by a dialogue with the director. Parking on Sundays is free and available in lot P2, located next to the Bell Theatre/Minto Engineering Centre on Campus Avenue.

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