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What is Democracy? (Philly Premiere) Dir. Astra Taylor in-person

  • Lightbox Film Center 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)
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JOIN US! THURS MARCH 14th for the Philadelphia Premiere of WHAT IS DEMOCRACY? with DIRECTOR ASTRA TAYLOR IN-PERSON presented by cinéSPEAK in-collaboration with Philly DSA and Reclaim Philadelphia at Lightbox Film Center.

Following the film, Director Astra Taylor will be in-conversation with Peabody Awards-winning Uncivil podcast's Chenjerai Kumanyika and members of Philly DSA and Reclaim Philadelphia.

TICKETS --> ON SALE NOW!
$10 General Admission
$8 Lightbox Members
$6 Seniors / Students
Free IHP Residents
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ABOUT THE FILM:
What Is Democracy?
Director: Astra Taylor ( of Zizek and Examined Life)
Running Time: Runtime: 1 hr 47 min

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 democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

WATCH THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/OHxRj9JWQMs

PRESS:
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jun/11/what-is-democracy-review-astra-taylor-documentary
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/movies/what-is-democracy-review.html

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ABOUT RECLAIM PHILADELPHIA:
Reclaim Philadelphia has been reclaiming and restoring political power back to people since 2016. Reclaim Philadelphia endorses and supports progressive candidates and policies that fight for a vision of putting working people before the profits of corporations and the super rich. The People’s Platform, created in partnership with Neighborhood Networks, is our foundation for transforming the Democratic Party and what is politically possible.
Learn More: www.reclaimphiladelphia.org

ABOUT PHILLY DSA:
Philly DSA is a local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the largest and fastest growing socialist organization in the United States. We are a member-funded, member-run, and democratic organization that fights for a political agenda that puts working people at the center.
Learn More: www.phillydsa.com

ABOUT CINÉSPEAK:
We are a Philadelphia-based organization that engages diverse audiences through our independent, repertory + foreign film programming; creating space + centering the stories of individuals and communities that are often underrepresented in mainstream cinema.

We promote community togetherness + global understanding by engaging film enthusiasts while cultivating the next generation of discerning moviegoers; encouraging people to demand social justice both on-screen + throughout society.

Follow the Journey!
www.cineSPEAK.org
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Earlier Event: March 14
Participatory Defense Hub
Later Event: March 24
The People's Forum