Film Year: 2019
Film Length: 53 min.
Director: Allen Clements
Featuring: Michael Abramowitz, Margaret Brennan, Rosa Clemente, Ian Bremmer, Jalane Schmidt, Stephen Levitsky, Ann Dowd, Larry Sabato, Ted Cruz, Tim Kaine
Dismantling Democracy examines new and old democratic structures of government in the United States and around the world. Featuring intimate interviews with key players offering powerful perspectives, the documentary depicts the gradual deterioration of the effectiveness of government for, of, and by the people. Economic imbalances, racial tension, xenophobia, and a global rise in populism exist at odds with the fundamental democratic principles of fairness, equality, and justice. Through a critical look at the history and current state of democracies, it becomes evident that preserving democracy is a feat no less significant than its establishment. So, are We the People up to this pressing task of preserving democracy? The film issues a call to act before the deterioration of democracy continues. Introduction by Larry Sabato (UVA Center for Politics), discussion with interview subject Ann Dowd, moderated by Larry Sabato
Presented by UVA Center for Politics and VPM PBS