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Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas

From Venezuela's Communal Councils, to Brazil's Participatory Budgeting; from Constitutional Assemblies to grassroots movements, recuperated factories to cooperatives across the hemisphere - this documentary is a journey which takes us across the Americas, to attempt to answer one of the most important questions of our time: What is Democracy?

Featuring interviews with: Eduardo Galeano, Amy Goodman, Emir Sader, Marta Harnecker, Ward Churchill, and Leonardo Avritzer as well as cooperative and community members, elected representatives, academics, and activists from Brazil, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, United States, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, and more.

Direction, Sílvia Leindecker & Michael Fox. Estreito Meios Productions, 2008.

A decade ago, South America experienced a continental economic collapse. The response from the street included protests, occupations, ballot-box revolutions, and finally, solutions. Now experiencing our own economic catastrophe, those same South American solutions can serve us well here in the North. The film, "Beyond Elections," presents a most complete, detailed, and informative documentary record of the economic democratization taking place throughout Latin America. Show it, watch it, and learn from it. ~ Ben Manski, Liberty Tree

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Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Participatory Budgeting I

Part 3: Participatory Budgeting II

Part 4: Participatory Budgeting III

Part 5: Venezuelan Communal Councils I

Part 6: Venezuelan Communal Councils II

Part 7: Venezuelan Communal Councils III

Part 8: Cooperatives I

Part 9: Cooperatives II

Part 10:  Social Movements

Part 11: Constitutional Assemblies

Part 12: In the name of Democracy I

Part 13: In the name of Democracy II

Part 14: International Organisations

Part 15: Democratizing Democracy I

Part 16: Democratizing Democracy II

Comments

Participatory budgeting

The movie mentions participatory budgeting several times, but doesn't explain how the allocation of the budget to different causes is calculated. Do they take the average of each voter's input? That would be problematic, because under such a system a voter who can make a good guess how the others vote has a big advantage by voting in a dishonest fashion.