WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)

WHY DEMOCRACY? (series)

    Price: $1,995.00

    Code: 2323
    Format: DVD

    2007, 11 DVDs (10 documentaries plus bonus DVD of 18 short documentary films)
    Purchase: $1,995 - a savings of over 30% off the individual prices.

    Documentaries have an unrivaled power to use human stories to make us think about much broader issues. The ten films at the center of Why Democracy? do just that, with filmmakers across the world taking us into the heart of their countries to explore the complex questions of modern democracy.

    The films are unconventional documentaries in two senses. First: Democracy - an idea - is their primary focus above any specific country or event. Second: They are not overtly prescriptive. These are not films telling us what "the situation is" in Iraq, or Chile, or South Africa, or Iran. These films hope to illuminate for anyone, in any country, an idea called "Democracy." Democracy as it exists today, not as we wish it to be.

    These films were selected on the strength of their engagement with the kind of questions we wanted to ask about democracy. Is any society in the world truly democratic? What does democracy mean if you live below the poverty line? Is capitalism good for democracy? Are dictators ever good? What kind of democracy can we build in the 21st Century? Is democracy good for everyone?

    The ten films that make up Why Democracy? confront these issues head on. They illuminate the contradictions, challenges, hopes, and disappointments of democracy in the 21st century, speaking a language that everyone understands. Why Democracy? is a unique effort to grow a global conversation about "the biggest political idea of our time" using documentary film to initiate the debate.

    With the exception of Taxi to the Dark Side and Iron Ladies of Liberia, which are available exclusively with the purchase of the entire collection, each film is available for separate purchase.

    Running alongside the 10 documentaries and integral to the outreach component of Why Democracy? is a collection of 18 short documentary films made by emerging filmmakers across the planet. Short, innovative and sharp, they take a sideways look at our world. Whether it's the last shaman casting his vote in Siberia, or an internet campaign bringing about justice in Kinshasa - they're bound to get you thinking. All 18 short films are available on one bonus DVD.

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    “Highly recommended. I encourage you to view these shorts. Some are more subtle and some are very outspoken. Regardless, they do have messages of importance in answering the question presented, ‘What does democracy mean to me?’” - Educational Media Reviews Online

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