“How to Start a Revolution, which recently picked up the Best Documentary award at the Raindance independent film festival in London, features plenty of rousing archive footage of revolutionaries clambering over the barricades alongside more recent newsreel of protestors in the Middle East. But the most moving scenes show nothing more than a man in his twilight years, stooped over his computer or tending his beloved flowers. Sharp shuffles around his flat, waters his orchids, looks levelly into the camera and tells us, with a confidence that is never less than utterly credible, that anyone can overcome tyranny without picking up a gun.”
Gene Sharp is responsible for the book “From Dictatorship to Democracy“, featuring a 198-step guide to toppling dictators. His writing has inspired a new generation of protestors living under authoritarian regimes who yearn for democratic freedom.
His ideas have planted seeds in places such as Burma, Thailand, Bosnia, Estonia, Iran, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and now in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
The BBC describes Gene Sharp as the world’s foremost expert on non-violent revolution. His work has been translated into more than 30 languages, his books slipped across borders and hidden from secret policemen all over the world.
Winner of 4 international film festivals for Best Documentary, HOW TO START A REVOLUTION reveals how Gene’s ideas work in action.
Now you get a chance to watch this documentary at the Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok this Saturday, 25 February 2012, 12:15pm.
UM!Chats will take place at 11am prior to the screening of this documentary. You’re invited to join us.
See map here for directions to the Pusat Rakyat LoyarBurok.