What Is Democracy?

What Is Democracy?
  • 2018
  • Directed by: Astra Taylor

Director Astra Taylor explores the concept of democracy and the role we can all play in bringing about a more equitable political system.

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Take One Action FIlm Festival present What is Democracy?

A timely enquiry into the meaning and value of a concept widely perceived as desirable but too rarely scrutinised.

With liberal democracy under threat in many parts of the globe, this inquisitive essay contemplates the virtues and failings of government for the people by the people. Inspired by her involvement in the Occupy movement and in debt justice, director Astra Taylor encourages her interviewees – and audiences – to reckon with a system which often excludes wide swathes of the population and whose current incarnations have led to rampant income inequality.

Taylor elicits fascinating and often funny responses from her contributors in this welcome invitation to ask questions and to think, together, of the role we can all play in bringing about a more equitable political system.


Join Take One Action after the film, on World Philosophy Day, to fix the world – or, at the very least, to explore more representative and direct forms of democracy.

Screening as part of the Take One Action Film Festival - the UK's leading global change film festival, celebrating the people and the films that are changing the world | 16 - 18 November, Belmont Filmhouse Find out more at http://bit.ly/TOA_Abdn18

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