¿ EVERYDAY REBELLION
(Arash T. Riahi, Austria, Switzerland, Germany). 112 minutes. Subtitled. Rating: NNNN Arash T. Riahi travels all over the world to places where protesters, basing their practice on non-violent resistance, are turning activism into a creative art.
In New York City, the Occupy movement tries to shut down Wall Street. In Spain, activists try to convince people to stop paying their mortgages in support of borrowers who are losing their homes to the banks. Syrians dye fountain water red to reflect the carnage there. In Iran, rebels engage in secret and ingenious actions to inspire resistance.
Brilliant thinkers like Erica Chenowith and Srdja Popovic explain why violent resistance is fruitless. But the most powerful material is shot in Iran, where cartoonist Mana Neyestani and graffiti artist Icy + Sot use images to resist and activists let loose thousands of pingpong balls inscribed with messages on a stairway on the street.
It’s unintentional, for sure, but these actions undertaken in a place where a brutal regime unleashes terror on the rebels makes the shiny, happy Occupy activists look like lightweights. SGC Apr 25, 9: 30 pm, Isabel Bader Theatre; Apr 27, 10: 30 am, Isabel Bader Theatre; May 4, 4 pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1.