OverviewPresenting a thought-provoking collection that travels across the Americas in an attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy? Featuring hard-hitting interviews with: Eduardo Galeano, Amy Goodman, Emir Sader, Martha Harnecker, Ward Churchill, and Leonardo Avritzer as well as cooperative and community members, elected representatives, academics, and activists from Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, United States and Colombia, this important social documentation delivers a diverse spectrum of cultural viewpoints on global participatory democracy.
Reviews"Beyond Elections proves that democracy can and should be more than casting a ballot every four years. This empowering documentary gives hopeful and concrete examples from around the Americas of people taking back the reigns of power and governing their own communities. Beyond Elections is a road map for social change, drawing from communal councils in Venezuela and social movements in Bolivia to participatory budgeting in Brazil and worker cooperatives in Argentina. The film gracefully succeeds in demonstrating that these grassroots examples of people's power can be applied anywhere. Particularly as activists in the US face the challenges of a Obama administration and an economic crisis, this timely documentary shows that the revolution can start today right in your own living room or neighborhood." —Ben Dangl, author, The Price of Fire
Author BiographySílvia Leindecker is a documentary film maker. Michael Fox is a freelance journalist, translator, reporter and documentary filmmaker.