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How to Start a Revolution

The BAFTA and Raindance winning film How to Start a Revolution follows the work of Gene Sharp and the Albert Einstein Institution from the jungles of Burma to the streets of Serbia and Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution.

You can watch the film now on Vimeo on Demand anywhere in the world here or iTunes in the USand on a special iPad app edition with interactive twitter mapping and four free ebooks including From Dictatorship to Democracy.

“A vital conversation starter and educational tool for a world awash with violence.”
– The Huffington Post

“This excellent film confirms Gene Sharp as the ‘Einstein of nonviolent resistance,’ the singular pioneer in a relatively new field of inquiry and practice. How to Start a Revolution should be required viewing not only in courses on nonviolence and peace studies, but really in any course that examines political change and prescribes remedies for social justice.”
– Michael Nojeim | Associate Professor of Political Science | Prairie View A&M University | Author ofGandhi and King: The Power of Nonviolent Resistance

DVDs for North America and NTSC regions are available for home use from the Media Education Foundation here and for Europe and the rest of the world the PAL version is available from here

Educational Institutions and NGO’s in North America who wish to buy a copy for group use and screenings must buy the specially licensed DVD from the Media Education Foundation hereGroups or individuals who would like to book a cinema or community screening should email for a special license.


Bringing Down a Dictator 

Bringing Down A Dictator is a 56-minute documentary film by Steve York about the nonviolent defeat of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. It focuses on the contributions of the student-led Otpor movement. The film originally aired on national PBS in March 2002. It was narrated by Martin Sheen and won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Bringing Down A Dictator was broadcast several times in the former Republic of Georgia in the fall of 2003 and was credited with helping the citizens there organize their nonviolent protest against the electoral fraud linked to Eduard Shevardnadze, in what was called the Rose Revolution. In a February 9, 2011 news piece on the Al-Jazeera-English channel, members of the youth leaders of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 are seen watching Bringing Down A Dictator during an organizational meeting.

“…a good short primer…as the narrator, Martin Sheen, says in a compelling concluding segment, Otpor’s success suggests that oppressive leaders can best be toppled not by outside military force, but by grassroots movements from within.” –Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

Bringing Down a Dictator is available on Amazon Instant Video and on DVD