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.