–Sponsored by Awareness Film Night and Transition Sooke
Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, this 2018 National Film Board documentary reflects on a word we often take for granted. Filmmaker Astra Taylor talks about what inspired her to make this film: “A word we say and hear all the time, but rarely reflect on, “democracy” is both an ideal and a reality, a rousing aspiration and a devastating disappointment….”
Featuring a diverse cast including celebrated theorists such as Cornel West, 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.
The Guardian writes “this documentary (is) a deliberate challenge to complacency-and, as a result, it is a great watch.”
Filmgoers are invited and encouraged to be part of a short post-screening discussion on ideas and concerns raised by the film facilitated by Transition Sooke’s co-president Michael Tacon.
February 13, 7-9 p.m. in the Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd. By donation.
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.