Walking with M

Walking with M

India | 2023 | 120 min. | Akash Sagar Chopra

August 4, 2024

4:00 PM | SIFF Film Center

The film is based on a true story of one man's mission for peace and harmony, walking across the length of India, uniting people from all walks of life.

The first 20 SIFF members to arrive can see the film for free as a courtesy from the Blossom Foundation!

The walk took 475 days, covered 4,688 miles and over 10 million people participated in the walk.

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Amidst an atmosphere of political divisions, religious tensions and and growing fear between communities, Sri M (Mumtaz Ali/Madhukarnath) a Modern-Day Yogi, Spiritual Author, and Teacher, chooses peace over violence and takes up a 7500km peace-march, reviving an old mission to re-kindle India's ancient values of compassion, acceptance and human understanding. Through this journey, he and his co-walkers meet with people of all faiths and identities, walking across villages towns and cities, addressing the diverse Indian population to restore the idea of humanity amidst a violent socio-political atmosphere.

The film explores this genuine apolitical attempt for peace as key speakers and co-walkers from diverse backgrounds associated with the movement narrate their experiences with Sri M on this challenging and complex journey from Kanyakumari to Kashmir.

The film also traces the journey of how a silent grass-rooted movement, became the longest and the most inclusive peace-march in the modern world, by bringing together leaders and warring communities from different backgrounds and political leanings, on the same stage.

Finally the film lays emphasis on the microcosmic idea of an inner-journey, by acceptance of 'the other" who is walking together with you, which is reflected through the Walk of Hope movement itself, illustrating the necessity for a change of heart within the individual, the most critical catalyst for bringing socio-political change across the world.

  • Director: Akash Sagar Chopra
  • Principal Cast: Sri M
  • Country: India
  • Year: 2023
  • Running Time: 120 min.
  • Language: English