WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? is opening this week in Manhattan at the IFC CENTER, courtesy of Zeitgeist Films.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? had its NY premiere at the the 19th Annual Woodstock Film Festival in October 2018, with filmmaker Astra Taylor in attendance. Woodstock Film Festival’s Barbara Pokras elaborates on her take on the film below:
"Everywhere you look democracy is in trouble," observes director Astra Taylor as she travels the world to document the wave of authoritarianism sweeping the planet. Drawing on the ancient Greek philosophers and intercutting footage of the remnants of ancient Greece, Taylor seeks to tackle the question of "How shall we live?" With cameos by some of the most brilliant minds of our time, Taylor interviews Cornel West, Angela Davis and Wendy Brown, among others, and ferrets out the dark side of what we think of as democracy, with its institutionalized racism, poverty and greed. Plato observed the simple truth that the rich strive for more wealth to the detriment of the poor, and he thus believed that rulers should be impoverished. In a stark and revelatory interview, former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou dispels the notion of democracy — when loans from neighboring countries and the IMF result in austerity and riots. This is a fascinating account with parallels as true today as in Plato’s time. —Barbara Pokras, ACE
Joining filmmaker Astra Taylor during the week of the screenings will be special guests including: Silvia Federici, Cornel West, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? opens Wednesday, January 16th. Showtimes, appearances, and tickets can be found at: www.ifccenter.com/films/what-is-democracy