WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?

Directed by Astra Taylor
Canada | 2018 | 117 min


EVENT INFORMATION


PITTSBURGH PREMIERE!

Sunday, April 7, 2019
4:00pm
 @ Kelly-Strayhorn Theater


Sunday, April 7, 2019
7:00pm Concert
 @ New Hazlett Theater

**Concert is SOLD OUT**


Buy tickets here!

SECOND SCREENING

Sunday, March 24, 2019
6:00pm
 @ City of Asylum

FREE and open to the public!

 

EVENT INCLUDES:

  • Discussion moderated by Michael Goodhart, Director of Pitt's Global Studies Center and Christina Acuna Castillo, Organizer at the Pittsburgh Poster Project
  • Closing Night Reception
  • A Night at the Gaslight Café Concert at 7pm at the New Hazlett Theater


ORGANIZED IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Penn Film Group

PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival

CO-PRESENTED WITH: Pitt's Global Studies Program, CMU's FORGE, Center for Ethics and Policy & Ethics History and Public Policy Program

CO-SPONSORED BY: The Vault Recording Studio


ABOUT THE FILM


“WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reveals Taylor's sure instincts as she shapes the vast sprawl of often disparate, sometimes random-feeling material into a focused, thought-provoking essay.”
– Allan Hunter, ScreenDaily

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we often take for granted. This philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government, to 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. 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. WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? asks the right questions.

Watch the trailer here.


AWARDS:


  • Nominee, Camden International Film Festival, 2018, Best Documentary Feature
  • Nominee, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2018, Best Documentary
  • Nominee, Vancouver Film Critics Circle, 2018, Best Canadian Documentary


ABOUT THE DIRECTOR




Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of the philosophical documentaries WHAT IS DEMOCRACY?, EXAMINED LIFE, and ZIZEK!; the author of the American Book Award winner THE PEOPLE’S PLATFORM: TAKING BACK POWER AND CULTURE IN THE DIGITAL AGE; and a co-founder of the Debt Collective. She has written for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Walrus, The Baffler, n+1, and many other outlets. She is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a former touring member of the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Her new book, DEMOCRACY MAY NOT EXIST, BUT WE’LL MISS IT WHEN IT’S GONE, will be out from Metropolitan Books in early 2019.