Yesterday's decision by the French government to abandon its plans for a new €580m (£513m) airport at Notre-Dame-Des-Landes lead to jubilant scenes at the Zad. The Zad–Zone à Defendre, a small piece of land near the proposed airport–is site of the longest and largest social struggle in France, and yesterday's decision was seen as a victory for the Zadists.
Decades ago, there was a local campaign of resistance against the construction of a second airport near the city of Nantes, in western France. This resistance culminated in the establishment of a self-organized autonomous zone, known as the ZAD. Over 40,000 people take part in creative acts of disobedience to defend this zone.
In this two-part film, by Roland Denning and Kyp Kiprianou for Dartmouth Films, looks to the origins of the movement and asks what it can teach activists across the globe.