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HOW TO START A REVOLUTION
Gene Sharp hardly seems like one of the world's most dangerous men. White-haired and soft-spoken, the 83-year-old professor mostly keeps to himself, spending much of his time in his small Boston home reading, writing, and tending to his orchid garden. But to the world's most brutal dictators, Professor Sharp's ideas have proven catastrophic. In this fascinating new film, first-time director Ruaridh Arrow details how an obscure list of nonviolent actions authored by Sharp in 1973 has served as a blueprint for anti-authoritarian revolts everywhere from Eastern Europe and the Balkans to the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Giving as much attention to the substance of Sharp's "198 Methods of Nonviolent Action" as it does to the democratic rebels who have courageously made these methods their own, How to Start a Revolution bears witness not only to the power of nonviolent struggle, but to how one person of conscience can quietly influence the lives of millions of people. Features commentary from Sharp's close ally Retired U.S. Army Colonel Robert Helvey, Sharp himself, and many of the revolutionary leaders his work has inspired.
*The DVD contains two versions: a full length version (82 minutes) and an abridged version (52 minutes).
2012 Oslo Human Rights Human Wrongs Documentary Film Festival
2011 United Nations Association Film Festival
2011 Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
2011 Boston Film Festival
2011 Raindance Film Festival
2011 One World Film Festival - Ottawa
2011 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival
2011 Copenhagen CPH:DOX
2011 Lucerne Inspirational Film Festival
*PRAISE FOR THE FILM
"A world conquering British documentary"
- The Daily Telegraph
"A vital conversation starter and educational tool for a world awash with violence."
- The Huffington Post
- The Globe and Mail
"Smart and timely"
- Time Out