How to Start a Revolution (2011)
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How to Start a Revolution (2011)
HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution. This new film (from first time director Ruaridh Arrow) reveals how Gene's work has given a new generation of revolutionary leaders the weapons needed to overthrow dictators. It shows how his 198 steps to non-violent regime change have inspired uprisings from Serbia to Ukraine and from Egypt to Syria and how his work has spread across the globe in an unstoppable wave of profound democratic change. How To Start A Revolution is the story of the power of people to change their world, the modern revolution and the man behind it all.
Accolades *Winner - Best Documentary Raindance Film Festival *Winner - Best Documentary Boston Film Festival *Winner - Mass Impact Award Boston Film Festival *Winner - Best Documentary Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival *Winner - Special Jury Prize Ottawa One World Film Festival *Official Selection New Orleans Middle East Film Festival *Official Selection United Nations Association Film Festival â€œSmart and timelyâ€ â€“ Time Out â€œInspirationalâ€ â€“The Globe & Mail \"Moving... capturing the hearts of audiences.\" -Telegraph Synopsis Half a world away from Cairo\'s Tahrir Square, an aging American intellectual shuffles around his cluttered terrace house in a working-class Boston neighborhood. His name is Gene Sharp. White-haired and now in his mid-eighties, he grows orchids, he has yet to master the internet and he hardly seems like a dangerous man. But for the world\'s dictators his ideas can be the catalyst for the end of their regime. HOW TO START A REVOLUTION reveals the remarkable story of modern revolution, the power of people to change their world and the man behind it all. Quiet, unassuming, soft-spoken and barely known to the wider world, 83 year old Professor Gene Sharp has written the standard textbook for revolutionary leaders around the globe. Used by activists from Serbia to Egypt, from Ukraine to Syria, and now influencing Occupy Wall Street, one of Gene\'s most important books \'From Dictatorship to Democracy\' is nothing less than a handbook of 198 strategic \'weapons\' that are used to topple dictators. Banned in many countries, his work has influenced a generation of revolutionary leaders who yearn for democratic freedom in Asia, throughout Eastern Europe, in the Middle East and now here in America. This film explores how, in a few short years, a new wave of revolutionary spirit has swept across the world through a network of international activists, trainers and teachers. It reveals how the leaders of an uprising in one country train and inspire the participants in the next and explores how social media now threatens dictators around the globe in ways that were unimaginable just a decade ago. We meet revolutionary leaders from Serbia, Ukraine, Egypt and Syria as they explain how they struggled to seize democratic power from the hands of dictators. And, as the world\'s headlines turn once again to Egypt in Autumn 2011 for the first Presidential elections, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is an inspiring exploration of the power of people to change their world.
I would advise fellow comrades to be cautious and take this film with a huge grain of salt. Gene and his organization (AEI) have many disturbing links to the CIA/NATO (NGOs are an important tool of Empire, see the National Endowment for Democracy and their shenanigans in Eastern Europe and more recently in Venezuela for example). Gene's colleague who appears in the film, "Bob" Helvy has an even more disturbing past. He's a retired US Army Colonel with a background in defense intelligence. Ojo pelao! (Watch out)
Sep 28 2012, 16:37 CEST
verbotten if you have links proving such an accusation, show them please.
'NGOs are an important tool of Empire' such a statement is idiotic on its face.
The smearing of Gene Sharp continues - you know he did not invent the idea of non-violence or mass civil non-violence resistance? He has collected the history and assembled it - I have been reading his stuff since the early 80s, the only people who heard of him and promoted him then were Quakers.
Today we have Tunisia and Egypt and some conspiratorial Lefties are looking for the CIA and Mossad under every rock.
Why not address and attack his facts and ideas and not just the man? Or, have you not read anything by him? Or maybe you get your news from RT? RT loves to smear Sharp. Perhaps Putin RT tv channel also has a nefarious agenda?
Sep 29 2012, 12:57 CEST
I suggest you do a lot more research on Gene Sharp. Reading his books isn't good enough. I don't need to read his books to know where he gets his funding, who his associates are, or which special interests benefit from his work. Also there is nothing idiotic about my statement. The setup and funding of NGOs and countless other front groups by the CIA/Ruling elite/Corporate power/Western plutocrats (whatever you want to call them) has been pretty standard since the 70s, when the Church Committee revealed the dirty work of the CIA. Venezuelanalysis.com has a lot of articles on Gene Sharp's involvement in Venezuelan politics and they are pretty damning. Louis Proyect has blogged a lot about Gene and takes an objective view (recognizing the merits of his work in supporting the Egytpian youth for example while also pointing out his role in the service of Washington policy-makers).
Sharp Reflection Warranted Nonviolence in the Service of Imperialism by Michael Barker:
Debate on the Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in Venezuela
Debate on The Albert Einstein Institution and its Involvement in Venezuela, Pt. 2
The Albert Einstein Institute and Venezuela
Trojan Horse: The National Endowment for Democracy by William Blum
(something interesting background)
Gene Sharp’s goal: liberty in a world of market imperatives
Assessing the Russian and Egyptian crackdown on imperialist NGO’s
What is the connection between Otpor and the Egyptian youth movement?
Sep 29 2012, 13:58 CEST
Another good article by Michael Barker:
Activist Education at the Albert Einstein Institution: A Critical Examination of Elite Cooption of Civil Disobedience
A Close Look at Gene Sharp’s Past:
Oct 01 2012, 12:46 CEST
This torrent-file gives me strange behavior. It stops at ~48% but file seems to be fully downloaded. Using Transmission on Linux. Wierd.¤%#~!
This torrent file works better
Originally from http://conspiracyhub.com
Oct 02 2012, 15:44 CEST
Verbotten; thanks for your valuable comments...
I have heard the same accusations on the topic of NGOs from Arundhati Roy's thoughts on alter-globalization...
See here for example:
Arundhati Roy: Capitalism - A Ghost Story
Oct 04 2012, 19:45 CEST