WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? - In Person: Filmmaker Astra Taylor

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Showings

Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Thu, Jan 3, 2019 7:30 PM

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WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?


Thursday, January 3 at 7:30 pm
Members $11 | Public $16
In Person: Filmmaker Astra Taylor

Astra Taylor’s insightful new documentary explores the true meaning and current reality of democracy, a word and system that we all 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. (Canada, 2018, 107 min., NR, English | Dir. Astra Taylor)