Ever heard of Everyday Rebellion? Well now you have. The Riahi brothers just won the audience award for their film that participated on the Copenhagen documentary filmfestival CPH:DOX.  A New Media Activism Handbook that seems to be so evident for our blog, has now to some extent been provided by the platform Everyday Rebellion. Have a look…

So what is Everyday Rebellion, well a bit of copy and paste provides you with this information:

“Everyday Rebellion is a cross-media documentary about creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience worldwide.

What does the Occupy movement in New York have in common with the Spanish Indignados protests or the Arab Spring? Is there a connection between the struggle of the Iranian democracy movement and the nonviolent uprising in Syria and what is the link between the Ukrainian topless activists of Femen and an Islamic culture like Egypt? And to top it off, what do Serbia and Turkey have to do with all this?

The reasons for the various people’s uprisings in these countries may be diverse, but the creative nonviolent tactics they use in their struggles are strongly connected to each other. So are the activists who share these strategies, new ideas and established methods. Everyday Rebellion is a story about the richness of peaceful protest, acted out everyday by passionate people from Spain, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, USA, UK and Serbia. These methods are inventive, funny and sometimes even aggressive. And the activists who use them believe that creative nonviolent protest will win over violent protest – and they are right. Nonviolence has scientifically been proven to be more effective and successful than violent protest. And the users of nonviolence are feared because they are rapidly changing the world and challenging dictatorships as well as global corporations.

Everyday Rebellion is a tribute to the creativity of the nonviolent resistance. The project studies the consequences of a modern and rapidly changing society where new forms of protest to challenge the power of dictatorships and sometimes also global corporations are invented everyday. Everyday Rebellion wants to give voice to all those who decide not to use violence to try changing a violent system. Because, as Ghandi said: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

 

 

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No woman, no drive

by Michael Barla on October 30, 2013

 

A video says more than a thousand words….  to the situation in Saudi-Arabia.

 

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This Human World

by Michael Barla on October 30, 2013

For the past years there has been a “boom” in the upcoming of film festivals covering all different kind of topics. When it comes to the subject of Human Rights, films can be an interesting medium of raising awareness. One of the oldest and most prominent festivals regarding film and Human Rights is The One World film festival taking place in Prague. Another film festival with the same subject is This Human World taking place in Vienna since 2008. Have a look at the programme both festivals are offering and you will see that there is a lot of creativity out there…

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I’ll be honest: I’ve only had time to watch the first video of this playlist (that doesn’t want to embed for some reason), but I found it fascinating, as I am sure the rest of the videos are. This is from a TED talks stream called Our digital lives. In the first one, Eli Pariser – as a true new media activist – talks about how search engines are narrowing down our results and personalizing them, which he thinks is bad for democracy and bad for human kind. Check it out:

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