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What Is Democracy?

Directed by Astra Taylor
Canada, 2018 (documentary, 107 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Qu'est-ce que la démocratie?"
What Is Democracy?
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)
Video (National Film Board of Canada) [French]

Film Description:
"Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor's idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens' groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism's roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers—this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Astra Taylor
Produced by: Lea Marin, Anita Lee
Participants: Silvia Federici, Eleni Perdikouri, Harrison Preddy, Hannah Niles, Cornel West, Mickey Michaux Jr., William Barber II, Delaney Vandergrift, Efimia Karakantza, Eulalia Francisco, Alfonso Gonzalez, Walter Vicente, Wendy Brown, George Papandreou, Aspasia Balta, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Emmy Koutsopoulou, Angela Davis, Badili Jones, Aja Monet, Christian Guerrier, Victor On-Sang, Jacques Laroche, Tanya Zakrison, Rishi Rattan, Nicholas Namias, Ellie Brett, Salam Magames, Abid Muhajir, Hasan Hmeydan
Cinematography: Maya Bankovic
Film Editing: Robert Kennedy
Music: Heather McIntosh
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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