What Is Democracy?

Sunday, March 24, 2019 @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Free RSVP 2019-03-24 6 p.m. 2019-03-24 8 p.m. America/New_York What Is Democracy? 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212 Alphabet City

Join us for a screening and Q&A discussion of the newly released political documentary What Is Democracy?, presented as part of the CMU Humanities Festival.

(Run time: 107 minutes)


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.

Event Details

March 24, 2019 @ 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15212

Newsletter Signup