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When

Occurs on Thursday February 7 2019

Approximate running time: 1 hour and 47 minutes

Venue

Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage
300 College Drive
Whitehorse YT Y1A 5X9

Performance Notes

× Director Astra Taylor; 107 mins

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.

From the director of Zizek! and Examined Life!

A Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber.

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