Gandhi Movie Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Gandhi' is a 1982 Academy Award winning biopic by Richard Attenborough about Gandhi's leadership in gaining India's independence from British colonial rule.


Richard Attenborough's Gandhi is a biographical film starring Ben Kingsley. It is about Gandhi's non-violent movement to free India from Great Britain's colonization. This film will teach students about some of the problems related to colonization and the power of resistance as they learn about the history of Pakistan. The following questions support classroom discussions about this film.

South Africa

  • Why do you think the filmmaker chose to begin the story with Gandhi's assassination? What does Gandhi's funeral procession reveal about his impact on the people of India? How does the non-chronological structure of the movie impact the audience?
  • Why does Gandhi go to South Africa in the late 1800s? How is Gandhi treated by the Afrikaners? Why is he treated this way?
  • How does Gandhi respond to authorities in South Africa? How is Gandhi characterized by his actions as a young lawyer? How do you respond to bigotry?
  • Why does Gandhi return to India? What has changed in India during the time Gandhi has been in South Africa? Why do you think Gandhi keeps his plans to protest British rule of India from the media? What are some ways that media can help or hurt a cause?

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