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What Is Democracy?2019

What Is Democracy? (2019)



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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. 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.


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Like democracy itself, the movie assumes such a broad mandate and has such noble intentions that indicating its shortcomings seems almost beside the point.

January 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The film indexes the manner in which democracy has become abstracted and polluted, especially by governmental capitulation to the meddling interests of free-market capitalism.

January 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Vital, profound and eye-opening. It's far more provocative, fair and balanced than any films that Michael Moore and Dinesh D'Souza have ever made.

January 14, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…


December 6, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a fascinating and enlightening treatise.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

What is Democracy? is a call to arms, but it is also a powerful and piercing reminder that, as Plato said, "nothing beautiful without struggle."

September 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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