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What is Democracy?

December 4, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

“What Is Democracy?” is an urgent film that 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. 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.

The film opened in theaters in January 2019, and features a diverse cast—including celebrated theorists, trauma surgeons, activists, factory workers, asylum seekers, and former prime minister.

A Meaningful Movies Project sponsored by University Heights Center & Fix Democracy First Education Fund, which is a nonprofit organization in Washington State working to inform, educate, and engage people and their communities around civic engagement and participation in democracy.

Stay back after the film for a discussion with guest speaker:

Cindy Black – The Executive Director of Fix Democracy First, Cindy is committed to helping to build active involvement in our democracy here in Washington State through ongoing coalition building and civic outreach.

Ticketing: Our Pay-What-You-Can model allows our events to be accessible to the entire community! We have no minimum or maximum amount suggested, we simply ask you to pay what you can.

Accessibility: Wheelchair lift available at the SW entrance (off Brooklyn Ave).

Max capacity of 550 lbs. Call UHeights staff for assistance at: (206) 235-8567


December 4, 2019
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105 United States
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