Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from 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.

'If you're going to make a film that is aiming at getting people out of their chairs, you’d better be connected to social movements and know what it is you're connecting people to and be connected to something strategic. Otherwise, what are you creating this energy for?' Astra Taylor, Director.