How to Start a Revolution

Synopsis: HOW TO START A REVOLUTION is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution. This new film (from first time director Ruaridh Arrow) reveals how Gene's work has given a new generation of revolutionary leaders the weapons needed to overthrow dictators. It shows how his 198 steps to non-violent regime change have inspired uprisings from Serbia to Ukraine and from Egypt to Syria and how his work has spread across the globe in an unstoppable wave of profound democratic change. How To Start A Revolution is the story of the power of people to change their world, the modern revolution and the man behind it all.
Director(s): Ruaridh Arrow
Production: 7th art
  1 win.
85 min

which I had sent to him, and he did so and

wrote a very kind introduction to the book.

Oxford University

While studying at Oxford,

Gene had his Eureka moment

a new analysis of the power of

people to bring down a tyrant.

If you can identify the sources

of a governments power,

such as legitimacy,

such as popular support,

such as the institutional support,

and then you know on what that

dictatorship depends for its existence.

And since all those sources of power

are dependent upon the good will

co-operation, obedience, and

help of people and institutions,

then your job becomes fairly simple.

All you have to do is shrink that support,

and that legitimacy,

that co-operation, that obedience,

and the regime will be weakened,

and if you can take those sources far away,

the regime will fall.

- And how did you feel at that point?

- At the point, that Eureka point?

- Yeah.

- Oh, greatly relieved.

- Greatly relieved,

because thats what made it all reality.

Harvard University

While teaching his theories at Harvard, Gene was

about to meet an unlikely champion of his work

Vietnam War hero, Colonel Bob Helvey.

I first met Gene Sharp

at Harvard University.

I was an Army Senior Fellow

up there for a year,

and one day I saw a notice on the bulletin board

about a program for nonviolent sanctions

at two oclock this afternoon.

So I had nothing to do, so I went

to see who these peace necks were

and to confirm my preconceived notion

that they probably had rings

in their noses and ears

and dirty.

And so I went up there just to see them

and surprisingly they werent there.

I saw regular looking people there.

And a few minutes after we all sat down

this little short, soft-spoken gentleman

comes to the front of the room and says:

"My name is Gene Sharp

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Ruaridh Arrow

Ruaridh Arrow is a British journalist and film-maker known for his 2011 feature documentary How to Start a Revolution about Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr Gene Sharp. The film was described as an underground hit with the Occupy movement, which launched around the time of the film's release in September 2011. In 2012 the film won a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award in the 'Factual: Over 30 Minutes' category. How to Start a Revolution won Best Documentary at the 2011 Raindance Film Festival in London. It was funded by Arrow and via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.Educated at King's College London and Glasgow University, Arrow was named Sky News Student Reporter of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards in 2004. more…

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