Nonviolence & Pro Peace Videos

In the Peace & Justice Center’s Community Library we have a variety of films that people can check out. Here are some of the ones that relate to Nonviolence and Peace:


A Force More Powerful
2008, Directed by Steve York, Narrated by Ben Kingsley
174 Minutes (2 Discs)

King: A Filmed Record; From Montgomery to Memphis
1970, Produced by Ely Landau
181 Minutes (2 Discs)

The Peace Patriots
1970, Produced by Ely Landau
181 Minutes (2 Discs)

Soldiers of Peace
2012, Directed by Denis Mueller
70 Minutes

War Child
2008, Directed by C. Karim Chrobog
92 Minutes (Also contains “Heart of Fire” [94 Minutes] and “Darfur Child Soldiers” [8 Minutes])

Rebuilding Hope
78 Minutes

The Billboard From Bethlehem
2008, Directed by Bruce A. Barrett and Tom Jackson

Journey to a Hate Free Millennium
1999, Directed by Brent Scarpo & Martin Bedogne
70 Minutes

No Direction Home
2005, Directed by Martin Scorsese
207 Minutes (2 Discs)

Don’t Look Back
1967, Directed by D.A. Pennebaker
96 Minutes

the Peace! dvd
2005, Directed by Gabriele Zamparini and Lorenzo Meccoli
124 Minutes

2010, Richard Cohen

One World…an ever:evolving project towards peace

the Peace! dvd
2005, Gabriele Zamparini & Lorenzo Meccoli
124 minutes


A Whisper to a Roar

2013, Directed by Ben Moses

94 minutes

This is a documentary that both inspires and motivates its viewers to stand together and challenge the governments that are meant to serve them. It takes you on a journey through five countries in various parts of the world: Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, and Venezuela. Though each struggle is different, the people within these countries (and even internationally in some cases) come together to bring about positive change in peaceful manners–even if violence had been what previously dominated their lives. It was told almost completely through the stories of individuals involved in these struggles, whether they were seen as protagonists or not. The stories were supplemented with historically significant footage and clips. A viewer should know beforehand that some of the footage could be gruesome–with photographs and videos of torture and other human rights violations. The documentary begins, however, with a cartoon, which serves as a powerful narrative about a heroic warrior who lets power go to his head, ringing in the main message of the documentary from the start: the only way to evoke true change is for people to unify and challenge the systems, which are put in place to aid only a small elitist group.


Bringing Down a Dictator

2001, Directed by Steve York, Narrated by Martin Sheen

56 minutes

Bringing Down a Dictator is a short documentary that has a lot to say. It follows the Serbian resistance group Otpor! as they try to overthrow their dictator and instill democracy through peaceful practices, beyond just protests. Their tactics involved humor, massive propaganda, and detailed plans, which shocked the world considering many of the “leaders” of the movement were just students. They reached and inspired almost the entire nation and succeeded in overthrowing their dictator. This is a great film for anyone looking to incite change especially if it ever seemed impossible. This Serbian revolution truly makes it seem that positive change can come from common people and can be attained through nonviolent means.


Let Freedom Sing

2009, Directed by Jon Goodman

102 minutes

Let Freedom Sing opens with an important question: did music affect the civil rights movement or did the civil rights movement effect music? Somehow, the answer seemed to be a combination of both. The documentary provides many powerful images and historical footage, as it maps out how music during this time period evolved and changed and continues to do so today. A variety of both black and white voices were heard, whether they were interviewed or singing. A viewer got to watch many of their favorite songs performed such as Respect by Aretha Franklin or Bob Marley’s “Get up, stand up.” More importantly, it showed how such songs both healed and empowered members of the black community as the struggled (and as they continue to struggle) for a more equitable and just society. The big takeaway from the film was that music touches everybody; that music has the power to spark and bring about change. The documentary shows yet another important lense to the civil rights movement that is never discussed within our classrooms or the mainstream media; it is an important watch.


Orange Revolution

2007, Directed by Steve York

92 minutes

Orange Revolution uses historical footage to document the Ukrainian people’s struggle against a corrupt government through peaceful protests that demanded a fair election. The film is definitely inspiring, as viewers watch all the events unfold and listen to a variety of accounts from Ukrainians who were actually involved in the demonstrations that defined this movement. It seems as though almost every aspect is captured on film in full detail. The documentary also provides a comprehensive history of the Ukrainian government’s corruption for viewers that may not have been aware of the reasons behind such a powerful movement. The director of the film, Steve York, also manages to completely refrain from using his own thoughts on the matter by refraining from using his own voice–he just provides all the footage and lets viewers decide for themselves how they feel and to find a deeper meaning within the film. Though the ending was surprisingly disappointing, one can’t help but consider the power of nonviolent activism and resistance, especially if half the country gets on board.


Here are some other online videos that relate to Nonviolence and Peace:

Peace X Peace: Connecting Women for Peace

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