Event Information

Now in its fourth year, Screening Rights is the Midlands' international festival of social justice film. The festival programme combines screenings of some of the most interesting and highly acclaimed new films with post screening discussions involving directors, producers, writers, activists and experts. Screening Rights aims to inspire and develop debate on the potential of film to affect personal, social and political change.

Featuring a diverse cast, including celebrated philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and politician, What Is Democracy? connects past and present, emotion and the intellect, the personal and the political, to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

The screening will be followed by a discussion chaired by Dr Steve Hewitt (American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham) with Lynne Jones (Labour MP for Birmingham Selly Oak 1992-2010), Dr Michell Chresfield (Lecturer in US History, UoB), Dr Daniele Albertazzi (European Politics, UoB) and the director Astra Taylor (joining us via Skype).

(Film running time is 106 mins, followed by the Q&A of approx. 45 mins).

A searing analysis of who’s really in control.

Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.