Everyday Rebellion

Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi

A kaleidoscopic look at alternative and creative forms of protest in the world, showing that nonviolent resistance is more effective than the violent version. Nonviolent resistance against regimes is more effective than violence. That is one of the scientific conclusions on which this kaleidoscopic look at alternative forms of resistance is based. From underground cultural activities in Iran and silent demonstrations in Egypt, via the topless provocations of Femen in Ukraine, to the Occupy movement in the US, Everyday Rebellion follows pioneers of new protest as they prepare and implement acts of resistance. Authorities often don’t know what to do. Many of these actions are forcibly nipped in the bud, and activists often fear for their lives.

Srdja Popović teaches the principles of peaceful resistance, such as creating unity among opponents of oppressive regimes. A scientist talks about her worldwide research on the effectiveness of resistance, showing that creative protesting is more beneficial than simply throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. The documentary is part of an extensive multimedia project, including the website www.everydayrebellion.com, where visitors can follow inventive acts of resistance from around the world. Srdja Popović was a guest at the Movies that Matter Festival 2001 premier of The Making of the Revolution.


Arash T. Riahi, Arman T. Riahi
Arash T. Riahi
Country of production
Austria, Switzerland
115 minutes
Spoken language
Arabic, English, Persian, Russian, Spanish
Production company
Golden Girls Filmproduktion
World Sales
Rise and Shine