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25 August 2008

The Evolution of Democratic Governance (promo)

Our world is currently operating on a win/lose paradigm. One man's victory is another's loss. One country's sovereignty is another's oppression. One religion's triumph is another's damnation. Whether we watch CNN, Survivor or The Apprentice, our world is all about getting ahead at the expense of others. Politics is one such sphere of adversarialism. Even within our own, 'mature' democracies, one party's win is another's loss; one empty promise beats another. And yet, the prospect of democracy is commonly thought to bear the promise of freedom and liberation for any country that is struggling with an oppressive regime. It is the magic word that is said to free humanity from the shackles of theocracy, autocracy and communism!

But is it all that it is made out to be? If having a winner means that there must always be a loser, then what is the fate of those who lose? And is it then desirable to keep some people or countries disempowered? A closer look at some democracies, both young and old will suggest that democracy's true potential lies in the evolution of some of its underlying paradigms. It will suggest that it is possible to operate on a win/win paradigm and that this transition need not threaten our democratic beliefs, but rather enrich them as we strive to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world...

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This film is a work in progress. If you are interested in being involved in the production of it, you can do so by supporting the project financially. The film has a high production value and includes costs such as international air travel and the licensing of archival footage. For this reason we extend an invitation to our viewers to executive produce this documentary. For inquiries and more information please send us a message or feel free to donate towards the production directly.

CREDITS:
A Film by - Leyla & Ryan Haidarian

Interviewees - Nick Binedell, Xolela Mangcu, Iraj Abedian, Greg Dahl, John Perkins...



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