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In 2003, the Palestinian village of Budrus mounted a 10-month-long nonviolent protest to stop a barrier being built across their olive groves. Brazilian filmmaker Julia Bacha asks why we only pay attention to violence in the Israel-Palestine conflict — and not to the nonviolent leaders who may one day bring peace.

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Much has been written on the Kony 2012 phenomenon by journalists, bloggers and academics. This talk briefly summarizes some thoughts on the successes and failures of the initial Kony 2012 campaign, but then, more importantly, explores the ways in which Invisible Children has responded to criticism and adapted its messaging, and asks what lessons can be learned by the human rights advocacy community from Kony 2012 and Invisible Children’s subsequent actions.

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In this film, Gene Sharp shows with example after compelling example what it takes to nurture successful nonviolent struggle. Military people trained in violence as the only way and people fighting against military violence can change their minds, hearts and ways as they learn how nonviolent struggle can work. Thoughtful strategy, discipline to carry it out, a willingness to learn and understand what people of a place want and will support are essential aspects of nonviolent struggle.

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