DIRECTOR'S NOTE

Working in the film and television industry in India, I always yearned for a calling in something more ‘truthful’, and soon I realised that the medium of Documentary was a where I found that I could express myself in a way in which one cannot in Fiction or Live Action. Just like every documentary film maker who sets out on a ‘tolkenian’ journey into the unknown, I was disappointed with its outcome, going no where, not able to find my story. Funded by me independently, and not accepting a ‘paisa’ from the relatively lean foundation, I was confused, and of course the ethical question of wether I could be objective enough as a film maker, posed itself strongly to me. As a film maker, I have always detested the idea of media and particularly cinema being used as a tool for propaganda. This wonderful medium of ours, is often used to incite an emotional response in a pure heart in order to engage in hatred and violence. It is my opinion that our medium has been used both consciously and sub consciously by various outfits, hailing from different worldview’s and political leanings, to create animosity between communities for selfish temporary gain, leading to the loss of lives. This particular trend is seen through the ages, across many mediums of media and communications, but is alarmingly yet being played out across diverse mediums on our screens today.

Thus I consider my film as my counter narrative to that form psychological violence, choosing to express this aspect through a documentary which-similarly chronicles a historical unsung attempt for peace which impacted millions of hearts, through the Human Unity Mission undertaken by this charismatic and spiritual man called “M”. Just like the 7500 km walk, this film too has been a gruelling effort, taken up by the entire team, to put together a story across hours of archival footage and talking head interviews, documenting this Pan-Indian journey for peace.
As the protagonist, the founder of the Walk of Hope - Sri M said “I want to Walk the Talk”

So I hope that the my truth, will reflect by itself in the film.


-Akash Sagar Chopra

Director, Walking With M

PRODUCTION

The film was made over a span of seven years. The filming began with the walk of hope movement and culminated with interviews of Key walkers in 2019.

The narrative research took about a year, including scanning of 1500+ hours of footage of the walk, to identify key moments in the story that spanned 475 days and 7500 kms, across geographies and cultures.

IN SUPPORT OF

MANAV EKTA MISSION

Manav Ekta Mission, founded by Sri M, advocates the oneness of humanity —transcending religious, racial, geographical, cultural, and ideological differences. Built on the foundation of peace, the Mission works by encouraging people to nurture the inborn goodness in every human being.

The mission was first started in 1998 when various groups of people and religious leaders came together in Madanapalle for a dialogue on unity in a divisive world. India has seen incidents of religious violence scattered across its history and geography, Sri M with this mission began to revive the message of age old traditions, the innate divinity in every human being.

Official Wesite : manavektamission.org

SATSANG FOUNDATION

The Satsang Foundation—established by Sri M, is a meeting point for spiritual seekers of all persuasions. The Foundation actively conceptualizes, organises and executes activities and initiatives that bring true reformation and change in human minds for a better, more inclusive and truly united world.

The key objectives and activities of the Foundation derive from the dual intents of concern for mankind and the search for truth—helping people to explore ways and means to expand their spiritual horizons and lead a multi-dimensional life. The Satsang Foundation also extends a helping hand to the less privileged of society.

Official Wesite : satsang-foundation.org


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