Tickets & Events

“What is Democracy?” Film Screening

Sunday, April 7, 2019
4:00pm / Kelly Strayhorn Theater
5941 Penn Ave

Presented by Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival
The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival (CMU IFF) will close its 13th season with the Pittsburgh Premiere screening of “What is Democracy?”.

Stick around after the film for a discussion moderated by Michael Goodhart, Director of Pitt’s Global Studies Center and a Closing Night Reception! Additionally after the film, the CMU IFF is co-presenting the “A Night at the Gaslight Café Concert” at 7pm at the New Hazlett Theater. There is a separate cost for the concert.


This event is organized in conjunction with Penn Film Group, presented in conjunction with The Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, co-presented with Pitt’s Global Studies Program, CMU’s FORGE, Center for Ethics and Policy, & Ethics History and Public Policy Program, and co-sponsored by The Vault Recording Studio.





Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, “What is Democracy?” reflects on a word we often take for granted. This philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government, to modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse, and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. This urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means. “What is Democracy?” asks the right questions.