A Force More Powerful

Covering the past 100 years, as atrocious as any in human history, this remarkable documentary mini-series still manages to find reasons for radical optimism. It bears witness to the tactics and triumph of nonviolent resistance that was anything but passive.
New York Magazine

A two-part three hour series, A Force More Powerful reveals how millions chose to battle the forces of brutality and oppression with nonviolent weapons — and won.

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Over the course of two years, Steve York and his production crews crisscrossed the globe to capture the stories of the 20th century struggles that transformed the American South, South Africa, India, Poland, Chile, and Denmark.  

Translated into more than a dozen languages and screened globally and banned in multiple repressive regimes, this series has been a learning tool for activists strategizing for democratic change around the world.

“…rich in archival footage and thoughtful interviews…The stories are inspiring, sometimes awesome.”
The Washington Post

Featuring: Rev. James Lawson, Rep. John Lewis, Diane Nash, Mkhuseli Jack, & Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Originally aired on PBS in 2000



  • Emmy Nomination – Outstanding Historical Program

  • Gold Hugo Award – Chicago Int’l Television Competition

  • Chris Award – Columbus Int’l Film & Video Festival

  • Silver Screen Award – U.S. Int’l Film & Video Festival

  • Jan Karski Award for Films of Moral Courage

  • Gold Special Jury Award – WorldFest Houston Int’l Film Festival

  • Moxie Award Best Doc – Santa Monica Int’l Film Festival

  • Festivals: Seattle, Human Rights Watch-London, Nashville, Maine, Newport Beach, Sedona, Santa Barbara.