A screening of the award-winning documentary How to Start a Revolution—The Life and Work of Dr. Gene Sharp, will be shown at Antioch University New England (AUNE) on Thursday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in E101. It is free and open to the public.
Sharp, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. His book, From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation, published in 1993, is considered a handbook for the nonviolent overthrow of dictatorships by the people and instrumental in popular uprisings in Eastern Europe, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, according to the New York Times. In 1983, Sharp founded the Albert Einstein Institution, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance strategic nonviolent action in global conflicts.
How to Start a Revolution, an independent film by Scottish journalist Ruaridh Arrow, was released last September. The film won Best Documentary at the Raindance Film Festival in London in October 2011, and Best Documentary and the Mass Impact Award at the Boston Film Festival in September 2011, where it premiered. Arrow has produced documentaries for the Financial Times and the BBC, and reported from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, during the Egyptian revolution last year.
According to Arrow, his film is “a portrait of perhaps the most influential political thinker of our time, someone who is not just an academic but whose work has been used at critical points in modern history to help people achieve freedom from dictatorships.”
The evening will start with a discussion of Sharp’s work, led by Steve Chase, director of the Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability program at AUNE, who has worked with Sharp. After the film, there will be a discussion of the documentary and the Occupy movement, which has unofficially adopted How to Start a Revolution.
For more information, contact Andrea Cadwell at [email protected]