11th Annual Nonviolence Film Festival

Monday 11 May to Friday 15 May

Green banner reading Nonviolence Film Festival 2020

The Nonviolence Film Festival is an event that highlights global challenges and actions taken in Australia and around the world to establish and maintain peace.

With social distancing measures in place, UNE Peace Studies is encouraging people to participate in the 11th annual Nonviolence Film Festival from home.

Join us over the next few days watching a selection of films highlighting global change, then in a Zoom session with Dr Vanessa Bible, UN Humanitarian Affairs Peace Ambassador 2020, and Dr Marty Branagan,​ Convenor of Peace Studies, who will be discussing the film topics and be available to answer any questions you have!

Friday 15 May, 1pm (to participate, please email Vanessa Bible for the Zoom link details beforehand).

So grab the popcorn and click the links below to start watching this year's film selection.

A Force More Powerful Parts One and Two (1999, 2 h 25 min)

Film cover - assembled people silhouetted at sunsetA Force More Powerful is a documentary series on one of the 20th century’s most important and least-known stories: how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule. It includes six cases of movements in India, Nashville, South Africa, Poland,
Denmark, and Chile. Each case is approximately 30 minutes long.

Freedom Rides Living Black Episode (2008, 25 min)

Documentary cover of bus and protest sign reading student action for Aborigines and protesters posing for the cameraIn 1965 a group of university students led by Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins set off on a bus ride around regional NSW to expose prejudice and racism. What they encountered along the way shone a spotlight on segregation and injustice in Australia. It was a turning point for the Australian civil rights movement.

Ningla A-Na [Hungry for our Land] (1972, 1 h 11min)

Documentary image featuring Aboriginal flag colours red, black and yellow and enthusiastic protesters at the Aboriginal EmbassyMade in 1972, this documentary records the events surrounding the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament House. It incorporates interviews with black activists, the work of the National Black Theatre, Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Medical Service, plus footage from the demonstrations and arrests at the embassy. This is the only film to focus on the tent embassy and is an historic document, integral to comprehension of the Aboriginal political struggle.

Weapons of the Spirit requires UNE login via Kanopy (1989, 39 min)

Vintage cover of french couple in a dilm about defying  the NazisLe Chambon-sur-Lignon was a tiny Protestant farming village in the mountains of south-central France. Defying the Nazis and the French government that was collaborating with the Nazis, the villages of the area of Le Chambon provided a safe haven throughout the war for whoever knocked on their door.

The Bentley Effect (2016, 85 min)

Group of protesters pictured with flags assembled at dawn When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, a critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, activists, scientists – organised themselves to rally against invasion. A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police ordered in to break up the protest.

Australia said YES! (2017, 6 min)

Topical outline of Australian land mass with states and territories shaded in bold colours  Short and sweet, the official Australian Marriage Equality campaign wrap video: ‘This all happened because of you. Because of millions of Australians who reached out to our own families, neighbourhoods, organisations – to stand up for equality, stand by our loved ones and share why equality was so important.”


For more information about the 11th Nonviolence Film Festival, contact:

Vanessa Bible: vbible3@une.edu.au
Marty Branagan: mbranag2@une.edu.au