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.