Video stills of the cinema documentary and cross-media project Everyday Rebellion (Riahi Brothers, 2014).
Everyday Rebellion celebrates the power of creative, non-violent protest and civil disobedience around the globe. What does the Occupy movement in New York have in common with the Spanish Indignados protests or the Arab Spring? Is there a connection between the struggle of the Iranian democracy movement and the non-violent uprising in Syria? And what is the link between the Ukrainian topless activists of Femen and an Islamic culture like Egypt? And to top it off, what do Serbia and Turkey have to do with all of this? The reasons for the various national uprisings in these countries may be diverse, but the creative non-violent tactics they use in their struggles are strongly connected with each other. So are the activists who share these strategies, new ideas, and established methods. Everyday Rebellion is the story of the richness of peaceful protest, acted out by passionate people everyday. These methods are inventive, funny, and sometimes even aggressive. The activists who use them believe that creative, non-violent protest will win over violent protest – and they are right. It has been scientifically proven that non-violence is more effective and successful than violent protest. Furthermore, the users of non-violence are feared by the rulers, because they are rapidly changing the world and challenge dictatorships as well as global corporations.