“…rich in archival footage and thoughtful interviews…The stories are inspiring, sometimes awesome."
– The Washington Post
A Force More Powerful (2 X 84 min.) reveals one of the 20th century's most important but least understood stories—how millions chose to battle the forces of brutality and oppression with nonviolent weapons and won.
Tracing how the movements inspired, borrowed from and built on each other, Part One begins in 1907 with a young Mohandas Gandhi as he rouses his fellow Indians living in South Africa in a struggle against racial oppression, and continues with Gandhi’s campaign for Indian independence from Britain in the 1930s. The series sheds new light on the strategic aspect of the American Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, then returns full circle to South Africa as activists help dismantle the apartheid system in the 1980s.
Part Two recounts how Danish citizens resist the Nazi Occupation, striking Polish ship workers band together in Solidarity to fight communism head-on in 1980, and millions of Chilean citizens overcome their fears to participate in a special election which throws dictator Augusto Pinochet out of office in 1988.
Originally aired on PBS in 2000