NONVIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA
In this 2011 TED talk documentary filmmaker, Julia Bacha, tells the story of Budrus, a small village in the West Bank that, through nonviolent action, successfully challenged the building of a section of the separation wall that would have cut Palestinian families off from their farm lands. Bacha argues that nonviolent action is not only prevalent, but a successful method of struggle used in parts of the world that are too often associated solely with violence. Bacha challenges her audience and the media to not only recognize nonviolence when they see it but to then pay attention to it.
Reflection Question: Let’s pay attention. Find one article about a current, ongoing nonviolent movement happening somewhere in the world. I recommend honing your Google search skills and using key terms referenced in this module (civil resistance, nonviolence, nonviolent action, people power, satyagraha, etc.), regions, countries, or issues that are of interest to you. Post the link to this article in your response and share with us one interesting aspect of nonviolent action you foudn in this story.
- Bacha, Julia. Budrus. Just Vision, 2009.
- Boaz, Cynthia. Swallowing Camels: How the Media Misinterpret Nonviolent Struggles. ICNC Academic Webinar Series, 2010.
- Cambridge, Daryn. The Digital Duel: Resistance and Repression in an Online World. ICNC Academic Webinar Series, 2010.
- King, Mary. How We Made the Media Pay Attention. Waging Nonviolence: September 16, 2011.
- Morrar, Ayed. On the Ground Interview. ICNC OtG Interview Series, 2011.