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Democracy and Its Discontents

Democracy and Its Discontents

What is the “will of the people?” How might it be established, threatened, undermined, expressed, and hopefully secured? These questions and more are explored in OVID’s collection DEMOCRACY AND ITS DISCONTENTS.

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Democracy and Its Discontents
  • 30 Second Democracy

    Directed by David Vainola • Documentary • 1996 • 51 minutes

    :30 Second Democracy explores the disturbing relationship between political parties and the advertising industry during election campaigns. Through television advertising, techniques perfected to sell commercial products are readily app...

  • Priceless

    Directed by Steve Cowan • Documentary • 2011 • 58 minutes

    PRICELESS examines the growing cost of federal elections, the impact of political campaign fundraising on members of Congress and on policymaking, and the citizen movement to limit the "undue influence" of large campaign donors.

    This no...

  • The Battle of Chile (Part 1)

    Directed by Patricio Guzman • Documentary • 1975 • 96 minutes

    On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende's democratically elected Chilean government was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army.

    Patricio Guzmán and five colleagues had been filming the political dev...

  • How Putin Came to Power

    Directed by Tania Rakhmanova • Documentary • 2005 • 52 minutes

    In August 1999, Vladimir V. Putin, head of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), successor to the KGB, was appointed Prime Minister. On December 31st of that year, Boris Yeltsin announced that Putin would succeed him as President ...

  • The Giant Is Falling

    Directed by Rehad Desai and Jabulani Mzozo • Documentary • 2016 • 77 minutes

    The loyalty people have for the party of liberation operates at a deep psychological level. But in recent years, the ANC's popularity is at an all time low, not least amongst people who were once its most loyal supporte...

  • Frontrunners

    Directed by Caroline Suh • Documentary • 2008 • 83 minutes

    Frontrunners is a smart and funny political documentary that follows the student council presdiential campaign at one of the country's most prestigious public high schools: Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Follow four charming an...

  • Thinking Existenz - Ep 09 - Lula da Silva

    Directed by Graça Castanheira • Documentary • With Lula da Silva • 2013 • 30 minutes

    Ten personalities from diverse social and geographical backgrounds reflect on the world and its future. A portrait in multiple voices of contemporary reality, revealing the deep connections that exist between ou...