What is Democracy
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Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. What does it mean for the people to rule—and is that something we even want?
Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic philosophical journey takes us 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.
Celebrated theorists Silvia Federici, Cornel West, Wendy Brown, and Angela Davis are joined by trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, former prime ministers, and others. 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 a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.
Special Features: DELETED SCENES • Q&A AT THE JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER • TRAILER INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR ASTRA TAYLOR ON THE DIG, A PODCAST FROM JACOBIN MAGAZINE
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I watched this documentary in order to write a school paper pertaining to Democracy.