HOW TO START A REVOLUTION
Partners: The Big Indy in association with Lion Television, directed by Ruaridh Arrow, distributed by TVF International
Length: 52-minute and 80-minute versions
Wrapped: September 2011
Rights available: All rights for all territories, excluding TV in Australia
In 1993, political scientist Gene Sharp published an essay, From Dictatorship to Democracy, which he called “a conceptual framework for liberation” and originally published for the Burmese democratic movement. That handbook has since been translated into 31 languages and is available for purchase or as a free download from the Albert Einstein Institute. But beyond being a thought-provoking treatise on the challenges and ultimate virtues of conducting non-violent revolution to effect social change, it’s also 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.
With its list of 198 non-violent weapons, ranging from the use of colors and symbols to “humorous skits and pranks” and “symbolic sounds,” Sharp’s tome has resonated worldwide, providing inspiration and ammunition for the oppressed. This film features exclusive interviews with the 83-year-old scholar, as well as many of the modern-day revolutionary leaders he’s inspired.