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What Is Democracy?

What Is Democracy? is a movie starring Astra Taylor, Silvia Federici, and Eleni Perdikouri. This documentary examines the philosophy behind the concept of Democracy, from ancient Athens to modern Greece and the American Civil Rights...

Running Time
1 hours 47 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Astra Taylor
Writer
Astra Taylor
Actors
Harrison Preddy, Silvia Federici, Eleni Perdikouri, Astra Taylor
Country
Canada
Year
2018
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

This documentary examines the philosophy behind the concept of Democracy, from ancient Athens to modern Greece and the American Civil Rights movement.

Comments about documentary «What Is Democracy?» (11)

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Sarah

I really liked this documentary, for two reasons: (1) it gave an accurate account of what has gone on in the Middle East in the last two decades and (2) it looked at the role of the US and the European countries in supporting and sponsoring the current regime in Syria. It was absolutely astounding to me how these people in the US, France, and other countries in Europe were providing massive amounts of military support for the Syrian government. To me, the hypocrisy in the United States was appalling. I do not know why they wanted to overthrow the Syrian government when they could have peacefully gone about doing it themselves. These people have been running the Middle East for many years now. It was their role to bring about the change, not the other way around. The Western countries should be ashamed of themselves. I really hope that the Syrian government will not be overthrown in the next couple of years, as it is very clear that the terrorists in Syria are using the war to further their agenda and to get out of their countries. They would like to destroy the Islamic culture. In the words of an Arab woman who had been to Syria: "What they are doing is wrong. We have to be better than them." In my opinion, the United States has been a leading force in the destruction of the Islamic culture in the Middle East. They are also destroying the life style of the people in that area. The United States is not going to change their ways, and this documentary is just the beginning. When I heard the words "war on terror," I felt that it was something that had to be kept secret. I am glad to know that this movie is out there, and I hope it will be widely distributed. There is a lot of propaganda in the world, and this film shows that there are many of them. It is not just the United States that has a problem with this issue, but other countries too. It is good that the world is beginning to understand the fact that the use of violence and terrorism is not the answer to the problems of the world. Unfortunately, there are people like Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and in Iran. We are losing our civilization. This is a sad story, but I hope that people can see that the issues that we are facing today are not a result of the war on terror. These people are destroying the future of the Islamic culture, and the future of the human race.

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Joseph L.

I was somewhat skeptical about going to see this movie, and it turned out to be a very worthwhile one. If you are concerned about the current state of our democracy, then you should watch this movie. It explains the foundation of the current issues and how we can fix them. It also gives a little history of the issues, but without giving away too much. It also demonstrates a few of the issues they addressed. I thought the film was well-done, but it wasn't perfect. Some of the scenes were a bit long and seemed to drag. Some of the people in the documentary seemed to talk like they were narrating the movie, and the narrator was a bit off at times. I think that the film would have been better if it had been shot like a documentary. Also, some of the images were a bit too dark, so the pictures looked muddy. All in all, though, it was a great documentary. It does show some of the good and the bad, and it explains the issues that really are affecting our society. I highly recommend this movie to people who are interested in seeing it. But, if you are not interested in the current state of our democracy, you probably won't like it. I gave it an 8 out of 10.

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Dennis

One of the most notable documentaries I've seen in the past few years. I have to admit that the story about the Hungarian revolution has been told and repeated time and time again in this movie and yet the stories that are told don't seem to carry that much weight. This film, which is quite different from other documentaries I've seen, is a portrait of a time in the history of Hungary when many of its citizens had the chance to be something. These were the years of the Second World War, a time when there were many people who lived in the so called "melting pot" of Hungarian society who had the opportunity to make their mark. This documentary goes into a lot of detail about some of these individuals and their lives. It touches on their passion and their beliefs, their lives and how they reacted to the war, the war itself, the change and the hope in their lives. It also shows how some of these individuals have transformed their lives from before the revolution to after. This documentary is great in that it gives you a realistic view of what life was like for a lot of people who lived during this time in Hungary and it is telling a story that is important to people. I think this is one of the best documentaries I've seen in the last year. The other films that have been released about the Hungarians are also good, the last one being a documentary that was made for the BBC. I have to say that "Das Erbe" is a very realistic and very informative look at what the time was like for a lot of people in Hungary. This documentary is quite different from the others and I think it is quite interesting. I think that the one thing that is a bit disappointing is that it does not go into the kind of detail that you would find in a really great documentary. It is not as detailed as a documentary like "100,000 Maniacs" but it is better than most of the other documentaries that have been made about this period. I would say that it is worth a watch. It is very good. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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Lauren Morrison

While I will admit the documentary style of this movie did not do justice to the many complexities that plague our political system, it did give me a much deeper understanding of the real world. This film offers the viewer the tools necessary to get the facts of a subject they are not aware of, and once they understand this they will be able to do their own research on the subject and come to their own conclusions. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in America and how it is controlled by the political machine that controls the news, the politicians and the corporate media.

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Mildred Butler

A very well made documentary about a different way of doing politics. The politicians are shown as all alike in one way, they are all blindly following their leader who has no ethics. The subject of the documentary is a way of fixing the current political system through direct democracy by the people. It's basically democracy as it should be. The problem with the current system is that it can't be directly expressed through a vote or even voting. In this system, it has to be through voting. In the end, it's a one party system and that's what we have. Democracy is an ideal that we all should strive for but in reality, it's not that easy. It's a hard path to find some people who can vote and not just blindly follow what the politicians say. I think it's worth watching to see how a different system can be implemented in a different way.

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Willie

This is a movie that shows a great injustice that still is happening in the world today. Many who live in the West, will say this is an "underlying" issue and that it is not the fault of the Muslims. I say the Muslims are to blame, because they are the ones who are attacking the West, which is the 1st target for the Muslims. This movie shows the "inside" of what is going on. One of the best movies I have ever seen, and an excellent educational film. Great job to all involved, including the actors. You will not be disappointed.

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Grace

This is a great film, but the film isn't exactly how it is billed. If you watch the movie with an open mind, it's a fascinating look at what a democracy is and how it is perceived. If you have an agenda, or have any preconceptions about what democracy is, then you will probably not like this film. However, it is a great documentary that really takes you to the heart of what it means to be a citizen and what is happening in our country. It is well done, well thought out, and interesting. If you are interested in this subject, then I highly recommend you watch it. I think it will help you to better understand what it means to be a citizen.

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Jason

Anyone who hasn't seen the documentary is missing out on a very good film. Though there is some cynicism in the film, which I think was necessary for a documentary to portray the American mindset, it is well-rounded. It addresses the role of American exceptionalism and the inherent contradictions of this belief, as well as the importance of individual rights and the national security state. This is a documentary worth watching.

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Tammy Dean

I just came back from watching this film and I can say that it is the most moving documentary I have ever seen. I'm amazed at the discussion that has been happening about it, but it is because of the depth of the film that is presented in its simplicity. Democracy is a great film for people who are not interested in politics or political ideas. It's about a human struggle that is worthy of our attention. A struggle between people and the government that can affect the very course of our lives and our freedom. It is a documentary that makes you think, even if you think you know what it is you are watching. I highly recommend this film.

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Andrea Edwards

This documentary is in many ways a perfect example of the art of film making. I feel that the acting is superb and the footage is simply breathtaking. The story and the production values are simply incredible. The film is certainly a lesson in how to do something with very little money and that is something that should be learned in any new generation. I would love to see this film make it's way into the Smithsonian. It is one of those films that can really impact and help to create a more peaceful world. I feel that it will be one of the best films of the year and will surely make it's way into the history books. I am really looking forward to seeing this film and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to learn more about the world and the way that we are living.

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Jacqueline Gibson

A political documentary that focuses on the relationship between President Nixon and the New York Times in 1971. It shows the tumultuous relationship between the President and the newspaper in a way that doesn't show the usual bias that often comes with it. The film was made in 1971, so it was not very long. The film shows the New York Times trying to find ways to get the President to turn over the tapes of his conversations with the New York Times reporter Bob Woodward. It also shows the President trying to do his best to make the newspaper do what he wanted. This was a time of turmoil and many scandals and Nixon was trying to get the paper to back off. The film is a great way to learn about Nixon's relationship with the New York Times and his relationship with the press. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in this era.