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Special Return Engagement! MANDY • January 18–21, 2019

Fri, Feb 1, 2019

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What Is Democracy?

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Theatrical Premiere Run

Friday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 5

2018 • dir Astra Taylor w/Silvia Federici, Zoe Konstantopoulou, Cornel West, Wendy Brown, Angela Davis, Henry M. Micheaux, Jr. • 107 min • DCP

From the director of Zizek! and Examined Life!

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor.

Featuring a diverse cast – including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime ministers – this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in a democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

“★★★★! Serves as a sharp reminder to pay attention to politics and to remember that the personal and the local are political.” – The Guardian

About the Filmmaker

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of the philosophical documentaries What Is Democracy?, Examined Life and Zizek!; the author of the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age; and a co-founder of the Debt Collective. She has written for The New York TimesThe London Review of BooksThe GuardianThe WalrusThe Bafflern+1, and many other outlets. She is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a former touring member of the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, will be out from Metropolitan Books in early 2019.

Photo by Deborah Degraffenried.

Ticket Information:

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Friday 2/1
at 4:45, 7:00 PM
Saturday 2/2
at 2:30, 4:45, 7:00 PM
Sunday 2/3
at 2:30, 4:45, 7:00 PM
Monday 2/4
at 4:45, 7:00 PM
Tuesday 2/5
at 8:00 PM

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