Film Screening of “How to Start a Revolution”

Event Date: Tuesday October 11, 2011
Time: 7:15 p.m.
Location: Langdell North, Harvard Law School Campus

How to Start a Revolution


film screening &  discussion with

Gene Sharp



Date: October 11, 2011

Time: 7:15 PM

Where: Langdell North, Harvard Law School Campus

This new documentary film vividly shows how the world’s leading expert on nonviolent revolution, Gene Sharp, has helped millions of people achieve freedom in the face of oppression and tyranny.

Following the film, Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation, will moderate a discussion with:

  • Gene Sharp
  • Film director Ruaridh Arrow
  • Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio.

Pizza, drinks and dessert will be served.

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About the Film

“How to Start a Revolution” is the remarkable untold story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world’s leading expert on nonviolent struggle. This new feature documentary, from first time director Ruaridh Arrow, reveals how Gene’s work has given a new generation of pro-democracy leaders the nonviolent ‘weapons’ they need to overthrow dictators. It shows how his book ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ has inspired uprisings from Serbia to Iran and from Egypt to Syria and how his work has spread across the globe in an unstoppable wave of profound democratic change. The film explores how one man’s thinking has contributed to the liberation of millions of oppressed people living under some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world and how his work threatens tyrants and their regimes through civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action.

About Gene Sharp

Gene Sharp is Senior Scholar at the Albert Einstein Institution and founded the Institution in 1983.

He holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Ohio State University and a D.Phil. in political theory from Oxford University. He is also Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. For nearly thirty years he held a research appointment at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs.

He is the author of various books, including The Politics of Nonviolent Action (1973), Gandhi as a Political Strategist (1979), Social Power and Political Freedom (1980), and From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993, 2002, and 2003). His most recent book is Waging Nonviolent Struggle: Twentieth Century Practice and Twenty-First Century Potential. His writings have been published in more than thirty languages.


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