OFOR Nonviolent Film Series

OFOR welcomes you to join us every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. PST for a film screening and discussion. What better way to empower yourself during our Covid-19 sequestration than to see how successful nonviolent resistance campaigns have changed the political landscape, overthrown despots, and sparked movements for justice and freedom all over the world. Each Zoom meeting will last an hour and a half to two hours.

Every month through March 2021 we will gather on Zoom and live stream a documentary about a movement that exemplifies nonviolent direct action, then discuss it together. Please register. We hope you will join us in this opportunity for building community and shared understandings of nonviolence, and be inspired together. Some of the documentaries we will watch and discuss include: A Force More Powerful, How To Start A Revolution, and Bringing Down A Dictator, among others. We would love for OFOR members, friends, and the broader community to join us! Registering with OFOR will allow us to send you a monthly email with the zoom link and discussion questions.

Whenever you register, the link to the next film and a list of discussion questions will be sent to you. Thereafter, you will receive each month an email with login information for that month’s film.

Here are the films and the dates they will be shown:

A Force More Powerful – This is a two-part film (each part is 77 mins.) that explores the history of strategic nonviolence going back to Gandhi’s uprising against the British in India. There is a companion book available from Amazon and other stores online.
September 7Part 1 – Documents Gandhi’s Salt March to the Sea, Nashville Lunch Counter Sit-Ins, and South African commercial boycott.
October 5Part 2 – Documents Danish Resistance during Germany’s occupation of Denmark in WWII, the Polish Solidarity movement, the overthrow of Ernesto Pinochet in Chile.

November 2 How to Start a Revolution – The BAFTA award-winning documentary following the work of three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Gene Sharp. As waves of revolutionary spirit sweep the world, one man’s ideas continue to inspire, mobilize, and unite protestors, giving them the tools to topple authoritarian regimes. Quiet, unassuming, and softly spoken, the late Professor Gene Sharp was celebrated by revolutionaries and feared by dictators.

December 7Bringing Down a Dictator – This is a 56-minute documentary film by Steve York (link is external) about the nonviolent defeat of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. It focuses on the contributions of the student-led Otpor! (link is external) movement. The film originally aired on national PBS in March 2002. It was narrated by Martin Sheen and won the George Foster Peabody Award.

January 4The Singing Revolution is a commonly used name for events between 1987 and 1991 that led to the restoration of the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania from the former Soviet Union.

February 1Orange Revolution chronicles Ukraine’s 2004 presidential campaign, from one candidate’s poisoning to the intimidation of voters, acid-bombing of ballot boxes, and the political pressure put on election officials to count votes a certain way. The government’s contempt for the people’s choice brings nearly a million citizens into the streets of Kyiv for a 17-day around-the-clock protest.

March 1Budrus – A documentary. Ayed Morrar, an unlikely community organizer, unites Palestinians from all political factions and Israelis to save his village from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Victory seems improbable until his 15-year-old daughter, Iltezam, launches a women’s contingent that quickly moves to the front lines.