Resistance Documentaries

Here are many inspiring examples of successful resistance across the world - where people with much less resources than we have in the west have taken on very powerful corporations - and won.

We encourage you to organize film screenings in your community or group with these amazing stories, and have created a FilmScreenings guide to help you.

These films are not given media coverage for a good reason - they empower people they show us with real life stories that resistance is fertile.  
It is up to us to get them out there!

More about Assata Shakur here (wikipedia article)
You can see videos about Shakur here

Pacifying Resistance

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Sh. Bhagat Singh - the story of the Legend

Vídeo de YouTube

There is a movie "The Legend of Bhagat Singh" which we can't find complete yet, 

Ken Saro-Wiwa

In Rememberance

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if links missing, search HERE

A documentary by Glenn Ellis charting the history of the Ogoni struggle against Shell and the Nigerian government in the early 1990s. With rare footage from Ogoni land and beyond.
Where else can you find a film that combines the brutal military Paul Okuntimo, Queen Elizabeth II,
The film features an astonishing range of people, from Ogoni villagers, activist and writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, then British Prime Minister John Major, Michael Birnbaum QC, and the then head of Shell in Nigeria, Brian Anderson. All these people were involved in the execution of Saro-Wiwa and his eight colleagues on 10th November 1995, which sent global shockwaves of anger at the human cost of Nigerian oil.
We are currently missing Part II of this VI part film, but will upload it as soon as possible.
For more information, visit:

Ruth Buendía

2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, Peru

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Overcoming a history of traumatic violence, Ruth Buendía united the Asháninka people in a powerful campaign against large-scale dams that would have once again uprooted indigenous communities still recovering from Peru's civil war.

She is the South & Central America winner of the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize, the world's largest recognition for grassroots environmental activists. For more information visit

Story of a Sacred Mountain

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What will one tribe have to do to save everything they know?

UPDATE: Victory! The Dongria Kondh have stopped Vedanta from mining their sacred mountain.

Mine, narrated by Joanna Lumley, tells the story of the remote Dongria Kondh tribe's struggle to protect Niyamgiri, the mountain they worship as a God. London-based mining company Vedanta Resources plans a vast open-pit bauxite mine in India's Niyamgiri hills, and the Dongria Kondh know that means the destruction of their forests, their way of life, and their mountain God.

Music by Skin and Robot Club.

The Real Avatar 2: Strength In Numbers

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In 2009 Survival released the film "Mine - Story of a Sacred Mountain", otherwise known as "The Real Avatar". A global campaign was started to stop a British mining company from destroying the home and future of the Dongria Kondh tribe.

Watch "Strength in Numbers" to find out what happened next...

The coconut revolution


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Bougainville, with a populations of only 160,000 has managed to close and keep closed one of the biggest mines in the world. They have held their ground for a decade with antique weapons and home-made guns. These people have taken on the biggest mining company in the world and won.


    A great movie for DGR screenings, this movie tells a story about a successful militant eco-revolution. A very short movie (50 min), a lot of fun to watch and is very direct in getting the point across. 

About Coconut Revolution in Wikipedia

Longer Description

This is the modern-day story of a native peoples remarkable victory over Western Colonial power. A Pacific island rose up in arms against giant mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) - and won despite a military occupation and blockade. When RTZ decided to step up production at the Panguna Mine on the island of Bougainville, they got more than they bargained for. The islands people had enough of seeing their environment ruined and being treated as pawns by RTZ. RTZ refused to compensate them, so the people decided it was time to put an end to outside interference in the islands affairs. To do this they forcibly closed down the mine.

The Papua New Guinea Army (PNGDF) were mobilised in an attempt to put down the rebellion. The newly formed Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) began the fight with bows & arrows and sticks & stones. Against a heavily armed adversary they still managed to retain control of most of their island. Realising they were beaten on the ground, the PNGDF imposed a gunboat blockade around Bougainville, in an attempt to strangle the BRA into submission. But the blockade seemed to have little or no effect. With no shipments getting in or out of the island, how did new electricity networks spring up in BRA held territory? How were BRA troops able to drive around the island without any source of petrol or diesel?

What was happening within the blockade was an environmental and spiritual revolution. The ruins of the old Panguna mine were being recycled... to supply the raw materials for the worlds first eco-revolution. A David and Goliath story of the 21st century, The Coconut Revolution will appeal to people of all backgrounds.

Sweet Crude


Sweet Crude Trailer 2009

Vídeo de YouTube

Sweet Crude is a documentary film about the Niger Delta of Nigeria -- the humanitarian and environmental devastation there in the wake of 50 years of unregulated oil extraction, the history of non-violent protest by Niger Deltans demanding control of their own resources and the emergence of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).

Sweet Crude Promotional Reel

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Sweet Crude is the story of Nigeria’s Niger Delta – the human and environmental consequences of 50 years of oil extraction and the members of a new insurgency who, in the three years after the filmmakers met them as college students, became the young men of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND). Set against a stunning backdrop of Niger Delta footage, the film shows the humanity behind the statistics and sensationalized media portrayal of the region, gives voice to a complex mix of stakeholders and invites the audience to learn the deeper story.

Sweet Crude - Sandy Cioffi

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Sandy Cioffi is a Seattle-based film and video artist. She is director and producer of the documentary film Sweet Crude and has produced and/or directed the films Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187 and Just Us. She is a tenured professor in the Film and Video Communications Department at Seattle Central Community College.

Sandy has worked with human rights organizations in global hot zones before, during and after conflict. She first ventured into video production as a volunteer for Witness for Peace during the Contra War in Nicaragua.   She traveled with students from the U.S. to film South Africa’s transition from Apartheid in 1995. 

She used film as a documentation and verification tool to provide video evidence regarding compliance with the Good Friday Peace Agreement during the 1998 Marching Season in Northern Ireland. Sandy has worked extensively with the Hate Free Zone in Seattle, producing films about treatment of immigrants after September 11. She was Seattle Director for the video documentation of the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003.



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END:CIV examines our culture's addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: "If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?"

The causes underlying the collapse of civilizations are usually traced to overuse of resources. As we write this, the world is reeling from economic chaos, peak oil, climate change, environmental degradation, and political turmoil. Every day, the headlines re-hash stories of scandal and betrayal of the public trust. We don't have to make outraged demands for the end of the current global system — it seems to be coming apart already.

But acts of courage, compassion and altruism abound, even in the most damaged places. By documenting the resilience of the people hit hardest by war and repression, and the heroism of those coming forward to confront the crisis head-on, END:CIV illuminates a way out of this all-consuming madness and into a saner future.

Backed by Jensen's narrative, the film calls on us to act as if we truly love this land. The film trips along at a brisk pace, using music, archival footage, motion graphics, animation, slapstick and satire to deconstruct the global economic system, even as it implodes around us. END:CIV illustrates first-person stories of sacrifice and heroism with intense, emotionally-charged images that match Jensen's poetic and intuitive approach. Scenes shot in the back country provide interludes of breathtaking natural beauty alongside clearcut evidence of horrific but commonplace destruction.

END:CIV features interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin, Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.

Films for Action

selection of less radical, more varied movies & shorts

Occupied Cascadia

Occupied Cascadia from Place Based Media on Vimeo.

Occupied Cascadia is a documentary film both journalistic and expressionistic. Exploring the emerging understanding of bioregionalism within the lands and waters of the Northeast Pacific Rim, the filmmakers interweave intimate landscape portraits with human voices both ideological and indigenous. Stories from the land contrast critique of dominant culture, while an embrace of the radical unknown informs a re-birthed and growing culture of resistance. Filming began during the outset of the populist “Occupy” movement, and finished by joining the voices seeking to re-contextualize popular revolt within our life-world as a movement to decolonize, un-occupy, and re-inhabit the living Earth through deep understanding and identification with our specific bioregions (literally “Life-Place”).

The Crisis of Civilization

The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system.

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Iron Jawed Angels

Iron Jawed Angels is a 2004 American drama film. It was directed by Katja von Garnier and starred Hilary Swank as suffragist leader Alice PaulFrances O'Connor as activist Lucy BurnsJulia Ormond as Inez Milholland, and Anjelica Huston. It focuses on the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910s. 

Pray the Devil back to Hell

Interview with the Director

Vídeo de YouTube

The award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Gini Reticker, 2008, 71 min., NR) chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their country. A dialogue and question-and-answer session with Gini Reticker and Dr. Elizabeth Sackler follows the screening. Presented in conjunction with the U.S. National Committee for UNIFEM, Metro NY Chapter. This event took place in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium on December 13, 2009. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.


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I will be the first to admit that we are up against a system of vast power, global in scale, with no sympathetic population upon which to draw for either combatants or support. 

Still, if illiterate farmers armed only with pitchforks could face off against the most powerful empire that had ever existed—and win—surely we can aim higher than a goal of simply creating really great gardens.  

(DGR book)

More Resources

is an ample directory of many resistance movies

 Since they occupied the estate of a local aristocrat 20 years ago, the inhabitants of this Andalusian village have been synonymous with the struggle of Spain's rural poor.

in this e-book

The Non-Violence Story

All of these powerful parts of our global history of resistance are ignored, mis-represented or down-played in our destructo-culture's media and education system because we have been sold a very powerful, confusing story about the desirability of 'non-violence'.

This is an article that questions that mythology, in the Designing with Myth chapter of this e-book:

How Slavery Ended in the Caribbean

An inspiring & hidden story of resistance - talk by Akala

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