5-Democracy (Segment)

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5-Democracy (Segment)
This video is part of the series Demain / Tomorrow

"Our social and political structures," observes Cyril Dion, "are not adapted to the scale of the crises (afflicting countries today). Citizens no longer expect politicians to live up to their expectations.” As the UN special rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, puts it, “Democracy has disappeared: politicians no longer listen to citizens, they simply respond to the wishes of corporations, whose lust for growth (i.e. significant quarterly earnings) can only be described as aberrant.” 

The film team discovers that in some countries, mechanisms of direct democracy have been put in place by citizens, who can thereby propose laws, oppose them, compose a constitution or amend one. This segment shows how local democracy has transformed the small town of Kuthambakkam, in South India. It is based on the book by Bénédicte Manier Un million de révolutions tranquilles (A Million Quiet Revolutions. (Cited in the credits). 

The small team of filmmakers wonders if humans are ready to struggle to overcome their natural tendencies towards greed. Are they ready to show solidarity, to demonstrate a spirit of cooperation with one another? Should we not be made aware of these values at an early age? 

Source: Wikipedia – Tomorrow (movie, 2015) 

Speakers: David Van Reybrouck, Historian, writer, Elango Rangaswamy, former Mayor of Kuttambakkam (India)

Documentary - 16 min 10 sec

France - Bruno Levy - 2015