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In the 1930s, Gandhi leads a campaign of civil disobedience to loosen's Britain's hold on power. Nonviolent weapons are taken up by black college students in the '60s who desegregate Nashville and create a model for the Civil Rights movement. In 1985, Mkhuseli Jack leads a nonviolent consumer boycott in S. Africa which awakens whites to black grievances and weakens business support for apartheid.
Violence is a way of life for most Americans, yea, most human beings. I speak not of the typical depiction of physical violence, but rather of the far more insidious violence we all are familiar with:
The presence of malice in one's actions.
"A Force More Powerful" deals with the issue of violence and nonviolence in a much more macro fashion, relaying the stories of entire societies as they pushed toward social change via nonviolent means. Gandhi's Salt March among many others was just one of the major steps to freeing India from British colonial rule. The series of civil disobedience and noncooperation enacted by both Black and White students in Nashville got things done. Jim Crowism was no longer legal as a result.
The overall message of this video is empowering and demonstrates that guns and bombs are not necessary for revolutions to occur. We need only to unite in one voice and show the world that we will not stand for injustice. Nonviolence seeks not to harm, but to change minds and move hearts.
A must see along with "Long Night's Journey into Day" and "Dhamma Brothers."
Starting with Ghandi's use of non-violent tactics to free the Indian nation from British colonialism this documentary dives into the subtleties not often covered in overviews of non-violent movements. In the case of India I was really struck by the strong role domestic production and consumption played in the movement along with the willingness to be beaten by the British.
The documentary then procedes to draw connections between non-violent protests of other civil rights movements of the 20th century.
Our Brooklyn Pax Christi group viewed this video at our October meeting and found it to be inspiring and provocative. It provided an expanded perspective on the actions and strategies of effective peace movements which led to a discussion of the key elements that enhance the efforts of all those seeking to resolve conflict through non-violent action.
I read this for a class, and also watched the movie of the same name. Some chapters were longer and dryer than others, but there were interesting stories of nonviolent resistance that we don't hear much about in typical history books and classes. I gave it three stars because the writing really dragged at times, even thought the stories were interesting.
Incredibly well put together, thorough, and important. It drew parallels cleverly but not pedantically between the movements and had accurate and well-organized information. It was a little slow-moving for my middle school students when shown in class, but most learned from it with assignments and incentives attached.