Inaugural ‘Nonviolence Film Festival’ at UNE

Published 01 October 2010

orange1Peace Studies at UNE is hosting its inaugural Nonviolence Film Festival, which will run from the 5th to the 8th of October.

“Many people are aware of the successes that Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King had in overcoming oppression and injustice through nonviolent means,” said Dr Marty Branagan from UNE’s School of Humanities. “This film festival, in a series of free lunchtime documentaries, will explore some lesser-known examples of remarkable ‘people power’ campaigns.

“These include civil disobedience in Denmark against the Nazi German occupation, resistance to apartheid in South Africa, and the deposing of dictators in Chile and Yugoslavia. The final session offers the audience a choice between the Ukraine’s ‘orange revolution’ or an inspirational documentary titled Peace One Day.”

“Militarism burns up incredible amounts of our planet’s wealth ($1.53 trillion per annum),” Dr Branagan said.  “One day of spending from the Pentagon’s yearly budget would be enough to provide anti-malarial net protection for every single sleeping site in the whole of Africa for five years straight.

“Nonviolence provides a viable alternative to militarism, and is much, much cheaper, meaning that military spending could be diverted to addressing global hunger and climate change. These films show how nonviolence works.”

The films will be shown in Lecture Theatre 1 in UNE’s Arts Building at 12 noon on each of the four days. Entry is free, and everyone is welcome – UNE staff members and students, and members of the general public. The films are all about one hour long, and members of the audience are welcome to stay on after each film for a discussion with Peace Studies staff members.

The festival program is: Tuesday 5 October – Denmark and Chile; Wednesday 6 October – Poland and South Africa; Thursday 7 October – Bringing Down a Dictator; Friday 8 October – Orange Revolution or Peace One Day.

For more information, contact Dr Marty Branagan at: marty.branagan@une.edu.au.