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The War on Democracy

In his feature film debut, acclaimed Australian journalist John Pilger lifts the lid on US foreign policy in his own meticulous and deeply passionate style that he is known and respected for across the world. In his second inauguration address, President Bush pledged tobring democracy to the world. In a speech lasting 23 minutes, he mentioned the words democracy and liberty 21 times. Most of the world, it is fair to say, will have recoiled, many in fear. Bush's speech was significant because it finally emptied noble concepts like democracy of their true meaning - government, for, by and of the people. Never before have people in the west shown such disenchantment with the democracy they vote for and the version they get. Never before has most of humanity registered such alarm at the ambitions of a great power. 'The War on Democracy', however, is a hopeful film, for it sees the world not through the eyes of the powerful, as so much of the dominant media does, but through the hopes and dreams and extraordinary actions of ordinary people. Deeply passionate and sure to court major controversy Pilger's searing indictment on western politics is sure to anger and inspire in equal measure.

1hr 34mins long
M Contains violence

John Pilger
Christopher Martin