“What is Democracy?” Screening

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
7:00 p.m.
The State Theatre
“What is Democracy?” Screening

Advance registration recommended. Please visit to register.

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy is excited to host its first ever film screening and we can't think of a better film to show. 

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.

The State Theatre