Wonder Reels: a night for music and film lovers
Wonder Reels present a special screening of a documentary coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis. What Is Democracy? (2018) reflects on “democracy” – a word we too often take for granted.
From the director of Zizek! (2005) and Examined Life!
(2008), 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 “democracy” even means.
Plus live music from leftist icon Laetitia Sadier
Doors open at 18.00, live performance from 18.30, film from 19.30.
Refreshments will be available in our licensed cafe/bar.