What Is Democracy?

The Bigger Picture
Closed Captions
Director: Astra Taylor | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2018 | Length: 117 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 8+ years

Screened as part of TOAFF18

A timely enquiry into the meaning and value of a concept widely perceived as desirable but too rarely scrutinised.

With liberal democracy under threat in many parts of the globe, this inquisitive essay contemplates the virtues and failings of government for the people by the people. Inspired by her involvement in the Occupy movement and in debt justice, director Astra Taylor encourages her interviewees – and audiences – to reckon with a system which often excludes wide swathes of the population and whose current incarnations have led to rampant income inequality.

Taylor elicits fascinating and often funny responses from her contributors in this welcome invitation to ask questions and to think, together, of the role we can all play in bringing about a more equitable political system.

“a deliberate challenge to complacency – and […] a sharp reminder that the personal and the local are political.” – The Guardian

Official Selection, Sheffield DocFest

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