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How to start a revolution - Documentary

How to start a revolution - Documentary

a story about the power of the people to change the world and about a man who for more than 50 years has helped people to overthrow their dictators. His name is Gene Sharp and although he is unknown in many parts of the world, his 198 methods of making a revolution have lit the fuse in various corners of the planet.
The power of nonviolent resistance
From a very young age, his training led him to want to transform the world into a better place and to leave it in better condition than when he found it. He was very clear that the best way to fight authoritarian regimes was to do so through non-violent resistance. His simple manual "From dictatorship to democracy", translated into 30 languages, has clandestinely crossed borders. The latest technologies have spread it like wildfire and his idea that there is a powerful alternative to violent conflict has caught on in revolutions such as the Serbian, the Ukrainian, the Iranian or the most current ones of the "Arab Spring".
Economic, psychological and social weapons against oppression
"How to start a revolution" illustrates with testimonies and archives, some of the forms of rebellion such as economic boycott, civil disobedience or protests, applied in different political contexts. Activists from the Serbian, Ukrainian, or Egyptian revolutions tell us how they followed Gene Sharp's methods and overthrew his tyrants. They fought with economic, psychological and social weapons, the most powerful fight against oppression, injustice and violence.
Protagonism recovered thanks to the internet
The theories of this 83-year-old American scholar continue to be transmitted massively today through the internet. From Burma to Tunisia, the achievements have been unquestionable and governments such as Venezuela or Iran have accused him of working for the CIA, in favor of the expansionist policy of the United States.
The current leaders of the Arab revolutions, which are taking place at the moment, tell how Sharp's theories penetrate the people and cause the oppressed people to achieve freedom in a self-sufficient way.


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