Everyday Rebellion Review [Hot Docs 2014]

In any given year, many Hot Docs entries are reserved for films about people fighting the good fight against a sometimes apathetic, and sometimes cruel system that are guilty of oppression in one way, shape or form. In some respects, Everyday Rebellion is like a highlight reel of every major protest over the last few years, including all the hits like Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring and the Ukraine. The “in” for this movie is the idea that inventive and grassroots non-violent protest can change the world for the better, and is more beneficial than the more violent, bloodshed variety of change. There’s definitely something to that, but the message is murky because quite obviously, the small actions by the people profiled here aren’t moving the needle very much.

The focus of the film is truly on the “everyday people,” although usual instigators like Reverend Billy of
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