DER Documentary

Shooting for Democracy

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by Meghan Shea and Michael K. Rogers
color, 60 min, 2011

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Shooting for Democracy brings together voices of students in the world's smallest emerging democracy with those in one of the largest, most established democracies. The film is a vibrant portrayal of the United States and Bhutan during their national elections.

Inspired by the first democratic elections ever to take place in Bhutan coinciding with the 2008 US presidential elections, Shooting for Democracy views the election process through the eyes of high school students in both countries as they participate in a video education program. The result is a unique mix of familiar similarities and stark contrasts on the perspectives and understanding of democracy.

Combining professionally produced footage with excerpts from the students' work, the film follows personal experiences of the students while also exploring the social and political contexts of these distinct nations, now linked by their use of a democratic system.

Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2010
Bend Film Festival, 2010
Astoria Film Festival 2010
Atlanta Underground Film Festival, 2010

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