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film and discussion series
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University of Victoria
Institute for Dispute Resolution
and the
Centre for Global Studies

Talking in Public
about alternatives to violence


A Force More Powerful website

A FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES 
Watch and discuss six 30-minute videos and one 60-minute video.

Tuesdays, February 11 - March 18, 2003, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.
University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110

Facilitated by Catherine Morris

Non-violence sounds good. But isn't it naive and unrealistic? Does it really work? This acclaimed film series documents seven examples of the use of non-violent conflict to achieve social change. A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict is a six-part film narrated by Ben Kingsley. Bringing Down a Dictator is a one-hour film narrated by Martin Sheen.

See the schedule below.

There is no charge for this public film and discussion series.


NASHVILLE-"WE WERE WARRIORS" Rev. James Lawson leads black college students on a campaign to desegregate the city's downtown business district. "A Force More Powerful," Part 1. February 11, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

INDIA-DEFYING THE CROWN Mohandas Gandhi's famous Salt March of 1930 - during which he inspires Indians to protest the British salt monopoly - is a turning point in the movement for Indian independence. "A Force More Powerful," Part 2. February 18, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

SOUTH AFRICA - FREEDOM IN OUR LIFETIME Young activist Mkhuseli Jack leads a consumer boycott campaign against apartheid in the black townships of the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. "A Force More Powerful," Part 3. February 25, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

DENMARK - LIVING WITH THE ENEMY During five years of Nazi occupation, Danes' noncooperation undermines the Germans' attempt to exploit Denmark for food and war materiel, and rescues all but a few hundred of Denmark's seven thousand Jews from the Holocaust. "A Force More Powerful," Part 4. March 4, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

POLAND-"WE'VE CAUGHT GOD BY THE ARM" The 1980 Gdansk Shipyard strike wins Poles the right to have free trade unions, launches the Solidarity movement, and catapults him to national labor leader and eventually president of Poland. "A Force More Powerful," Part 5. March 11, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

CHILE-DEFEAT OF A DICTATOR Overcoming a decade of paralyzing fear, Chilean copper miners trigger a national day of protest of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, leading to years of nonviolent organizing and culminating in victory in a plebiscite to end his rule. "A Force More Powerful," Part 6. March 18, 2003, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT Rm 110.

Bringing Down a Dictator
BRINGING DOWN A DICTATOR, a 60-minute film produced by Steve York, documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October, 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience. March 25, 2003, 12:30 to 2 p.m., University of Victoria, Centre for Innovative Teaching, CIT 110.

About the Films
A Force More Powerful and Bringing Down A Dictator were written, produced and directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Steve York. Peter Ackerman, an expert on strategic nonviolent conflict, served as series editor for A Force More Powerful and executive producer of Dictator. These films premiered on American public television in 2000 and 2002 respectively. The educationally licenced versions of these videos have been made available to Peacemakers Trust through generous assistance by the production company, York Zimmerman Inc. See a study guide. These film s are available in Spanish, French, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin and Russian.

About the Facilitator
Catherine Morris, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, director of Peacemakers Trust, is a lawyer with experience in the field of conflict resolution since 1983. She is a former Executive Director of the Institute for Dispute Resolution at the University of Victoria. She is also currently an Associate of the University of Victoria Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives. She has designed and facilitated educational workshops and discussions in Canada, the United States, Thailand and Cambodia.

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