Why democracy?

Democracy is arguably the greatest political buzzword of our time and is invoked by everyone – but what does it mean? Can it be defined, measured, safeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, and transplanted? Can it grow? Can it die? What does it mean to people who can’t even talk about it? What does it mean to people who don’t believe in it? What does it mean to you?

In October 2007, ten one-hour documentary films focused on contemporary democracy were  broadcast in the world’s largest ever factual media event. More than 48 broadcasters on all continents participated, airing the films in over 180 countries. Each of the broadcasters – an A-Z which includes everyone from Al Arabiya to ZDF – produced  locally-based seasons of film, radio, debate and discussion to tie in with the global broadcast of the Why Democracy? films.

Bloody Cartoons - A Why Democracy? Film

Director: Karsten Kjaer, Denmark, 2007 What do Danish cartoons tell us about contemporary democracy? A lot it seems. Freedom of expression has always...

Looking For the Revolution- A Why Democracy? Film

Director: Rodrigo Vazquez; Bolivia 2007 Che Guevara died in southern Bolivia 40 years ago while trying to ignite the sparks of revolution throughout ...

For God, the Tsar and the Fatherland- A Why Democracy? Feature Film

Director Nino Kirtadze Russia, 2007 Mikhail Morozov is a Russian patriot, good Christian and successful businessman. He owns Durakovo – the “Vill...

In Search of Ghandi- A Why Democracy? Feature Film

Director Lalit Vachani India 2007 In the early decades of the twentieth century Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violent revolution or Satyagraha ins...

Egypt: We Are Watching You- A Why Democracy? Feature Film

A documentary by Leila Menjou and Sherief Fahmy (2007). In his 2005 State of the Union address President George W. Bush cites Egypt as the country th...

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