Directed by Ruaridh Arrow
87 min. | 2011 | United Kingdom
It’s hard to believe that white haired, orchid growing, 83-year-old Gene Sharp could be the catalyst for the end of a dictatorial regime half a world away, but Sharp’s writings about nonviolent revolution—most notably his 198-step guide to toppling dictatorships —have played a vital role in influencing revolutionary leaders through Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In How To Start A Revolution meet low-profile genius Sharp himself, as well as the revolutionary leaders who used his ideas to take on some of the world’s most brutal dictatorships. With jaw-dropping footage and the insiders’ knowledge to back it up, How To Start A Revolution shows how one man’s ideas continue to inspire hope and freedom in millions of oppressed people worldwide.
Official Selection: 2012 Oslo Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival, 2011 United Nations Association Film Festival, 2011 San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, 2011 Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival
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