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How to Start a Revolution

Located at the Hammer Museum. 

The most dangerous threat to the world’s dictators is a soft-spoken, 83-year-old man named Gene Sharp. This BAFTA award-winning, revelatory documentary focuses on strategies and tactics outlined in Sharp’s extensive writing on effective nonviolent action, including his book From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for LiberationHis writings have served as a blueprint among anti-authoritarian revolts from Eastern Europe to the Arab Spring, offering proof that nonviolent direct action is the most effective weapon against totalitarian regimes. (2011, dir. Ruaridh Arrow, 85 min.)

This program is part of People Power, a film series that explores successful grassroots political movements around the world.