Crisis in Asia

Canada, 1957

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Episode number 4 of Series “The Commonwealth of Nations”.
This film reviews the tumultuous past of India, Pakistan and Ceylon up to the events in recent history that saw these countries attain full independence. We meet the heroes of the independence movement - Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Nehru, and Muhammed Ali Jinnah - and see how their work bore fruit. Edgar McInnis delves into the commonality of Commonwealth aspirations as exemplified in the free choice of these three nations to remain in the Commonwealth after their colonial ties with Britain had been cut.

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Ronald Dick


John Howe

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National Film Board of Canada



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Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Colonies

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Commonwealth of Nations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Imperialism

History → Colonies

History → Commonwealth of Nations

History → Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948

History → Great Britain - History - 20th century

History → History

History → India - History

History → India - History - Autonomy and independence movements

History → India - History - British occupation, 1765-1947

History → Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948

History → Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964

History → Pakistan - History

History → Pakistan - History - Autonomy and independence movements

History → Sri Lanka - History

People → Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948

People → Jinnah, Mahomed Ali, 1876-1948

People → Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964

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Short films → Short films - Canada




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