Bringing Down A Dictator

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Bringing Down A Dictator (documentary) "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." [1]

Produced by York Zimmerman Inc. Bringing Down A Dictator premiered on PBS in March 2002.

The Foundation for the Promotion of Democracy, the organization that translated and disseminated the two documentaries, A Force More Powerful and Bringing Down a Dictator for an Iranian market.

Reviewed by John Bacher in Peace Magazine.

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  • George Foster Peabody Award
  • ABCNews VideoSource Award for best use of historical footage - the International Documentary Association
  • Silver Chris Award - The Columbus International Film Festival
  • Silver Plaque - The Chicago International Television Festival
  • Gold Remi - Worldfest Houston International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary - Sedona International Film Festival
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Aurora Award
  • Telly Award

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  1. Bringing Down A Dictator, yorkzim, accessed August 5, 2009.