Everyday Rebellion is a cross-media documentary ab, out creative forms of nonviolent protest and civil disobedience acted out every day by passionate people from Spain, Iran, Syria, Ukraine, USA, UK, and Serbia. Their methods are inventive, funny, and sometimes even aggressive. And the activists who use them believe that creative nonviolent protest will win over violent protest—and they are right. Nonviolence has scientifically been proven to be more effective and successful than violent protest. And the users of nonviolence are feared because they are rapidly changing the world and challenging dictatorships as well as global corporations. Everyday Rebellion wants to give voice to all those who decide not to use violence to try changing a violent system. Because, as Gandhi said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Part of the Real Utopias Film Series from the Miami-Dade College's Museum of Art and Design
The film series Real Utopias features a selection of documentaries and film essays that examine past and current experiments in our collective search for freedom, equality, and democracy. Real Utopias investigates alternative ways in which urban living has been, and can be, designed, from a call to non-violence (Everyday Rebellion: “democracy is like love, you have to make it”) to architects’ futuristic visions (Paolo Soleri: Citizen of the Planet and Jacque Fresco in Future My Love) to utopian urban experiments of the past (The Experimental City; Soul City, USA; New Town Utopia; Brasilia: Life After Design) to a rare look at a post-capitalist, modern-day utopian Europe (Paths Through Utopia).
Real Utopias accompanies MOAD’s A City of the People series, which will take place at multiple locations throughout Miami from April to December of this year. A City of the People will feature a wide range of art experiences, screenings, readings, and public programs that explore what it means to exist in, and as, an urban community.
The curator of the Real Utopias Film Series is Konstantia Kontaxis, Associate Dean of Research and Director of the Center for Communication, Culture and Change at the University of Miami School of Communication.