January 6, 2009

10 Documentaries and 18 Short Films About Democracy

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, sfeguarded? Can it be sold, bought, 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 films focused on contemporary democracy were broadcast in the world's largest ever factual media event. More than 40 broadcasters, on all conteinents participated - along with an estimated audience of 300 million viewers.

The films were made by independent award-winning filmakers from around the world with subjects ranging from US torture methods to the election of a class monitor in a Chinese primary school to the Danish Cartoons scandal, the films take a wide-ranging and in-depth look at the world we live in today.

Also produced were 18 thought-provoking short films, dealing with personal, political and rights issues around the theme "What does democracy mean to me?

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