Looking to enhance your knowledge of civil resistance and human rights? Looking to be entertained and challenged in new ways? Look no further. Below is a list of ten books, films, and podcasts that will teach you about nonviolent resistance and the power of storytelling.
In “The Politics of Human Rights Protection,” human rights scholar and Amnesty International board member Dr. Jan Knippers Black highlights the subtle political undercurrents of human rights movements, offers a reexamination of fundamental legal and institutional concepts, and inspires future generations of activists to advocate for universal human rights.
Raoul Peck’s often heart-wrenching, visceral film resurrects U.S. civil rights author and activist James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Striking parallels between the 1950s and today are draw through the juxtaposition of images and video clips, pointing to the necessity of continuing the movement.
If you like storytelling:
TheVoice of Witness oral history book series will give you a sense of personal connection to people around the world struggling against (and triumphing over) injustices. Pick up The Voice of Witness Reader for a selection of stories from individuals living under oppressive regimes in Burma, Colombia, and Zimbabwe and undocumented immigrants and the wrongfully convicted in the U.S.
If you want to read about human rights with a child (or embrace your inner child):
In“The Carpet Boy’s Gift”by Pegi Dietz Shea, a young boy fights for his and other children’s freedom from poor work conditions and takes children to the new school in town.
If you want a firsthand account of movement-building:
The Green Belt Movement by Nobel Prize Winner Wangari Maathai discusses both the challenges of grassroots organizing under repressive regimes and her successes in this uplifting read about her work in Kenya.