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What Is Democracy? Astra Taylor

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Qu'est-ce que la démocratie?

What is democracy? Dêmos Kratos, the rule of the people. Starting at its etymological birthplace in Greece, director Astra Taylor explores in this very comprehensive essay film, the concept and its practical applications, denouncing along the way gross injustices done to citizens in its name. Speaking with renowned philosophers, determined law makers, brave factory workers, hopeful refugees and even trauma surgeons, the film draws on multiple examples, connecting ideas of the past with real dilemmas of the present. Justice and dignity remain at the heart of democracy since the Greeks coined the concept, and Astra Taylor forces us to dive deep into the ways in which society fails to achieve these essential characteristics today. (SM)

Based on the film, the talk What Democracy? will bring experts to have an in-depth discussion of the crises now facing numerous democratic systems.

Presented in collaboration with le Cinéma sous les étoiles de Funambules Médias

What Is Democracy?

  • Country : Canada
  • Year : 2018
  • V.O : English, Arabic, Spanish, Greek
  • Subtitles : English and French
  • Duration : 107 MIN
  • Cinematography : Maya Bankovic
  • Editing : Robert Kennedy
  • Production : Lea Marin
  • Sound Design : David McCallum
Filmography of Astra Taylor :

Zizek! (2005)
Examined Life (2008)

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