Thirdside Movies and Songs

Classic Thirdsider Movies

fire_next_timeThe Fire Next Time chronicles two years in the life of a dangerously divided town in Northwest Montana polarized by rapid change, economic displacement, and environmental issues.



hotel_rwanda_cHotel Rwanda is the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda who saved over 1200 people in the face of unspeakable actions that led to the deaths of over one million in only three months.



lechambonLe Chambon: La Colline aux mille enfants is the true story of a small village in France that resisted the Nazis and provided refuge to 5,000 Jewish children during World War II. The leader of the resistance was Pastor Andre Trocme. As Trocme put the Le Chambon pledge, “The duty of all Christians is to resist the violence that will be brought to bear upon their conscience through the weapons of the spirit. We will resist whenever our adversaries demand obedience contrary to the order of the Gospel. We will do so without fear, but also without pride and without hate.”


dictatorBringing Down A Dictator, a one-hour documentary, is the inside story of how Milosevic was brought down – not by smoke and flames, but by a courageous and risky campaign of political defiance and massive civil disobedience. Narrated by Martin Sheen, it premiered on PBS in March 2002.

witness_movie_posterThe Witness is the story of a young Amish woman and her son who get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent. Philadelphia detective John Book rescues them and brings them back to Pennsylvania Amish community and the non-violent world the Amish have created. The killers track them down — with the intent to kill the boy and Book — but the community (i.e. Third Side) emerges to prevent this from happening. By simply bearing witness, the community is able prevent the killing from taking place.


beanThe Milagro Beanfield War – In Milagro, a small town in the American Southwest, Ladd Devine plans to build a major new resort development. While activist Ruby Archuleta and lawyer/newspaper editor Charlie Bloom realize that this will result in the eventual displacement of the local Hispanic farmers, they cannot arouse much opposition because of the short term opportunities offered by construction jobs. But when Joe Mondragon illegally diverts water to irrigate his bean field, the local people support him because of their resentment of water use laws that favor the resort developer. When the Governor sends in ruthless troubleshooter Kyril Montana to settle things quickly before a small war threatens to erupt.


afmpA Force More Powerful, a three-hour documentary series, explores one of the 20th century’s most important but least-understood stories – how nonviolent power overcame oppression and authoritarian rule all over the world. Narrated by Ben Kingsley, it premiered on PBS in September 2000.

Videos about Thirdsider Movements

The Interrupters Movie

Not in Our Town: Class Actions

Videos Explaining the Third Side

An overview of the Third Side

Identifying the Third Side in a Conflict and Making It Relevant

Songs about the Third Side

The following songs are, in some manner, related to the Third Side:

“Both Sides of the Story” – By Phil Collins, from the Album Both Sides
“Look Through My Eyes” – By Phil Collins, from the movie soundtrack Brother Bear
“People are People” – By Depeche Mode, from the Album People Are People

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