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“How to Start a Revolution” bags Raindance prize

Ruaridh Arrow's film How to Start a Revolution has picked up the award for Best Documentary at the 19th Raindance Film Festival, at a ceremony held in London over the weekend.
October 11, 2011

Ruaridh Arrow’s film How to Start a Revolution has picked up the Best Documentary award at the 19th Raindance Film Festival, at a ceremony held in London over the weekend.

Revolution beat Igor Stoimenov’s White Button, Masanori Tominaga’s The Echo Of Astro Boy’s Footsteps, Khazar Fatemi’s Where My Heart Beats and Peter Sasowsky’s Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis to take the prize.

The doc looks at the impact of political scientist Gene Sharp’s 1993 essay, From Dictatorship to Democracy, which he called “a conceptual framework for liberation” and originally published for the Burmese democratic movement.

The essay, developed into a handbook, has since been hailed by many as a tool that has helped mobilize action against dictatorships in Serbia, Ukraine and Iran, as well as in Egypt and most recently, Syria.

The doc bagged the runner-up slot in realscreen’s MIPCOM Picks – the list of the hottest factual properties debuting at last week’s MIPCOM market in Cannes – and is distributed internationally by TVF International.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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