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Force More Powerful, A: A Century of Non-Violent Struggle

Synopsis
A series of six half-hour programmes tracing the use of non-violent struggle around the world in the 20th century. Highlighting examples from various countries, the series identifies the elements of non-violent action and how the techniques have developed over time to overcome oppression. Narrated by Ben Kingsley.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2003
Year of production
2000
Documentation
Book of the same title by Peter Ackerman and Jack DuVall available separately.
Subjects
HISTORY & POLITICS CATALOGUES; Politics & government
Keywords
Chile; civil rights movements; Denmark; history of India; history of the 20th century; Poland; political movements; South Africa; World War II; caving

Distribution Formats

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£30.00 (+VAT) each
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
6 x 30 minutes
Year
2003

Sections

Title
India: Defying the crown
Synopsis
In India in the 1930s, after Gandhi had returned from South Africa, he and his followers adopted a strategy of refusing to co-operate with British rule. Through civil disobedience and boycotts, they successfully loosened their oppressors’ grip on power and set India on the path to freedom.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Nashville: We were warriors
Synopsis
In the 1960s, disciplined and strictly non-violent, black college students in Nashville, Tennessee successfully desegregated Nashville’s downtown lunch counters in five months, becoming a model for the entire civil rights movement.

until the democratic opposition organized to defeat Pinochet in a 1988 referendum.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Poland: We’ve caught God by the arm
Synopsis
In 1980, striking workers in Poland demanded independent unions. Using their leverage to negotiate unprecedented rights in a system where there was no power separate from the communist party, they created a union, Solidarity. Driven underground by a government crackdown in 1981, Solidarity re-emerged in 1989 as Poland’s governing political party.
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Duration
30 mins

Title
South Africa: Freedom in our lifetime
Synopsis
In 1985, a young South African named Mkhuseli Jack led a devastating consumer boycott in the Eastern Cape province. These and other mass nonviolent sanctions awakened whites to black grievances and fatally weakened business support for the apartheid regime.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Denmark: Living with the enemy
Synopsis
In April, 1940, German military forces invaded Denmark. Danish leaders adopted a strategy of resistance disguised as collaboration. Later the underground resistance rescued all but a handful of Denmark’s seven thousand Jews, and staged sabotage and strikes against the Germans, undermining the Nazis’ objectives.
Duration
30 mins

Title
Chile: Defeat of a dictator
Synopsis
In 1983, Chilean workers initiated a wave of nonviolent protests against the military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. Severe repression failed to stop the protests, and violent opposition failed to dislodge the dictatorship.
Duration
39 mins

Distributor

Name

TVE

Email
General email: tve@tve.org.uk.Sales and outreach: distribution@tve.org.uk
Web
http://tve.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 91 (11) 26 410 684
Address
46 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3QJ
Notes
TVE works with partners globally to produce films on environment and development issues, as well as health and human rights. Most of the 600 films are available for sale on DVD for educational use. Previously known as Television Trust for the Environment.

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