Bringing Down a Dictator
Steve York, USA, 2002.
Directed by: Steve York
Script: Steve York
Producer: Steve York
Production company: York Zimmerman Inc.
Cinematography: Peter Pearce
Editing: Joseph Wiedenmayer
Music: John Keltonic
Running time: 56'
Film documents the spectacular defeat of Slobodan Milosevic in October, 2000, not by force of arms, as many had predicted, but by an ingenious nonviolent strategy of honest elections and massive civil disobedience. Milosevic was strengthened by patriotic fervor when NATO bombed Yugoslavia in early 1999, but a few months later, a student movement named Otpor! (‘Resistance' in Serbian) launched a surprising offensive. Audaciously demanding the removal of Milosevic, they recruited where discontent was strongest, in the Serbian heartland. Their weapons were rock concerts and ridicule, the internet and email, spray-painted slogans and a willingness to be arrested. Otpor students became the shock troops in an army of human rights, pro-democracy, anti-war, women’s groups, and opposition political parties. Their slogan: 'He’s Finished!'
George Foster Peabody Award,
The International Documentary Association – ABCNews VideoSource Award,
Columbus International Film and Video Festival – Silver Chris Award,
Columbus International Film and Video Festival – Bronze Plaque for Scriptwriting,The Chicago International Television Festival – Silver Plaque,
Worldfest Houston International Film Festival – Gold Remi ,
Sedona International Film Festival – Best Documentary,
CINE Golden Eagle,
Steve York (born 1943) is a documentary filmmaker who has worked in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America on subjects ranging from religious fundamentalism to American history to nonviolent conflict. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, York moved to Washington, D.C. in 1972, where he began editing and directing films for Bill Moyers and Charles Guggenheim. Since 1976, York has written, produced and directed films and television programs ranging from network series to prime-time specials, political campaign spots, advocacy and educational films.
Location and screening schedule: Dance center, Tuesday, October 19th at 18.00