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(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.

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