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Why Democracy?

Why Democracy?
Directed by Weijun Chen, Rodrigo Vazquez, Alex Gibney, Lalit Vachani, Sabiha Sumar, Nino Kirtadze, Daniel Junge, Leila Menjou, Karsten Kjaer, Kazuhiro Soda
Produced by Don Edkins
Mette Heide
Distributed by Steps International
Release date(s) October, 2007
Running time 10 x 52 minutes

Why Democracy? is a documentary film series produced by Steps International. The series consists of 10 films depicting independent documentary filmmakers personal perception of and experience with democracy, and was broadcast by 42 different broadcasters worldwide between the 8th and the 18th of October 2007. The series was accompanied by a global interactive conversation about Democracy which took place in real and interactive space.


The series took almost four years to make. The Why Democracy? series was launched in November 2004 at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Through a democratic process the Steps International working group chose the ten best proposals, from a selection of 700. The filmmakers and movies are diverse in background, representing different experiences of contemporary democracy.

The aim is to stimulate a global conversation about democracy. Ten questions have been created relating to the ten documentaries, in order to encourage critical thinking and discussion. Online forums are created on a variety of different sites as well as on the Why Democracy? site, for people to share and discuss their ideas of democracy.

Why Democracy? is primarily marketed through the Internet and its broadcasting partners to reach a global audience and inspire thoughts on democracy.

The films

Why Democracy? consists of ten feature films and a collection of short films. The ten movies are being made by independent award-winning filmmakers from different countries around the world. The films are:


Broadcasting history

The series is sold to over 40 broadcasters. The 10 films will be broadcast in October 2007 on ORF Austria, SBS Australia, RTBF Belgium, Canal Futura Brazil, CBC, Knowledge Canada, HRT Croatia, ČT Czech Republic, DR TV Denmark, ETV Estonia, YLE Finland, ARTE France, ARTE G.E.I.E., MDR Germany, WDR Germany, ZDF Germany, ERT Greece, MTV Hungary, Doordarshan India, IBA Israel, RAI Italy, NHK Japan, LRT Latvia, La Red Mexico, VPRO The Netherlands, NRK Norway, RTP Portugal, TVP Poland, TVR Romania, RTVSLO Slovenia, SABC South Africa, EBS South Korea, Canal + Spain, SVT Sweden, TSR Switzerland, PTS Taiwan, Al Arabiya Middle East, BBC United Kingdom, PBS USA, BBC World

The Why Democracy? house

In June 2007 a group of young people from around the world was set to live and work together, creating and managing the online platform for the series in a real house in Cape Town.


External links

  • Official Homepage
  • Article from DR - Danish Broadcaster
  • SilverDocs
  • One World Festival
  • Indie Wire
  • Production Company of the series
  • BBC "Why Democracy?" week
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