Videos about Elections & Democracy
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Can We Do It Ourselves? (2015)
Within modern life exists a paradox: we celebrate democracy as a political system, but not as an economic system, even though our workplaces have a far greater impact on our day to day lives. It's fair to say that most workplaces under capitalist management are organized in...
The Square (2013)
The Egyptian Revolution has been an ongoing rollercoaster for a number of years. Through the news, we only get a glimpse of the bloodiest battle, an election, or a million man march. At the beginning of July 2013, we witnessed the second president deposed within the space of...
Disregarding Gaza - Why is Gaza Not an Issue in the Israeli Elections?
A short documentary that examines the absence of Gaza and the Palestinians from the Israeli mainstream media and 2015 elections. Shot during operation Protective Edge by Tamar Glezerman & Arianna LaPenne. Article about the film from Global Voices As Israel heads to the...
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: U.S. Territories
A set of Supreme Court decisions made over 100 years ago has left U.S. territories without meaningful representation. That's weird, right? 
Goodnight Democracy: How Big Money Bought Our Democracy, Children’s-Book Style
Remember Goodnight Moon, the children’s book about a young rabbit going to bed? Rootstrikers, a nonpartisan network of activists seeking to get money out of politics, put together their own Goodnight-inspired eBook called Goodnight Democracy. In this video, we read it to...
Koch Brothers EXPOSED (2014)
Billionaires David and Charles Koch have been handed the ability to buy our democracy in the form of giant checks to the House, Senate, and soon, possibly even the Presidency.  The last time we exposed the Koch Brothers' dealings to the world we here at Brave New Films wound...
Democracy Needs A None Of The Above Option To Work (2014)
Four videos by NOTA UK on why we need a formal 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option on the ballot paper for all future elections and how to properly implement it. All too often politicans do not represent voters, but are either forced to or interested in representing their...
Detroit Part II: Bankruptcy Dictatorship & Foreclosed Futures
 On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin, features part II of BTS' on-the-ground coverage from Detroit. 
Legalize Democracy (2014)
Legalize Democracy is a documentary film by Dennis Trainor, Jr. about a movement to amend the U.S. Constitution so that Corporations are not considered people, and money is not considered speech. For more information about Move To Amend, visit...
Anonymous: The Movement Behind the Mask
There’s community in anonymity. And for activists around the world, the iconic Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol of that community. “The mask is an identifier of like-minded people,” said one Anonymous activist who participated in last week’s Million Mask March in Londo
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC
While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC that writes legislation for...
The Roots of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Revolution'
Abby Martin discusses the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong, highlighting the long history of tension between mainland China and the autonomous region and how China is responding to mass protests in the streets. 
Amazing Aerial Footage Showing Scale Of Protests In Hong Kong
Occupy Central is growing bigger by the day. To find out more read this story.
NOTA UK: An Introduction to NOTA (2014)
The first of four videos by NOTA UK about why we need a 'None of the Above' option on the ballot paper for all future UK elections. Parts 2, 3 & 4 coming soon... Find out more on our website: Sign our petition here...
Westminster Fear & Media Bias Shafted Scotland: Russell Brand The Trews (E150)
Russell Brand The Trews (E150). Reaction to the referendum in which Scotland votes to stay in the United Kingdom. But were the odds stacked against independence?
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence
Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK. There are solid arguments on both sides. But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to...or does it? Connect with Last Week Tonight online...
Representative Democracy IS NOT Democracy
This is satisfying truth-telling. The real civics lesson we ought to get in school. Part 2: Direct Democracy Part 3: Visions of a Free Society
How Politicians are Rigging Elections, Explained in 2 Minutes
Most Americans think elections are rigged in favor of incumbents, and they're right. Part of the problem is that, unlike most other countries, we let politicians choose their voters. Vox's Ezra Klein explains how gerrymandering works, and how we might be able to fix it.
The Plan To Take Our Democracy Back
Professor Lawrence Lessig goes over the problem - and the plan to solve it. Get involved, make a contribution and read more about the plan:
Hong Kong’s “Occupy” Movement for Democracy
The Chinese government is facing what may be the most organized democratic movement in its history as more than 20 percent of Hong Kong’s 3.5 million eligible voters cast a ballot in the past week in an unofficial referendum to make this Special Administrative Region of China...
Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico & Beyond (2010)
Narrated by Peter Coyote, this OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning film by Dorothy Fadiman follows Native Americans in New Mexico taking a stand against injustice in the political process. Personal stories demonstrate how minority communities are using their voting rights as they...
Listen To This Mute: An Angry Speech-Impaired Man Rants about His Country
A mute man rants about everything that is wrong in his country in under 3 minutes and goes on to tell you how you can change everything. A powerful film, relevant in every democracy across the world. Written and directed by Ram Subramanian of Handloom Picture Company. Pause...
A Rough Guide to the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) - A Raw Deal That Puts Corporate Power Above People Power
The Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership is a trade deal between the EU and the US, with negotiations conducted in secret but open to pressure from corporate lobbyists. The deal boosts corporate power and endangers people and the planet. This video, made by...
EU/US Trade Deal Gives Corporations Power to Sue Governments Over Laws That "Damage Profits"
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the US and EU would grant corporations the power to sue governments for making laws that 'damage' their profits. These might be laws that protect workers or the enviroment. They might be laws that return...
Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes
Pay 2 Play shows how our elections encourage extortion, and how to stop it. Coming August 2014. In part 2, Lawrence Lessig outlines a strategy for taking action. Vist for more.
US Attempts Twitter Coup in Cuba | Big Brother Watch
Abby Martin goes over of an Associated Press article which exposes USAID's secret attempt to monitor and influence dissent in Cuba through a social messaging service called ZunZuneo. LIKE Breaking the Set @ FOLLOW Abby Martin @...
The Unknown Known (2014) (trailer)
In THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris (THE FOG OF WAR) offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the larger-than-life figure who served as George W. Bush's secretary of defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War. Rather than...
Dr.Cornel West: Obama is "Puppet of Big Business"
Dr.Cornel West has become critical of president obama.
Does The U.S. Want War With Russia?
 Two weeks ago, when Liz Wahl quit her post as an RT host live on air claiming that she could not be part of a network that was "funded by the Russian Government" and was set on "whitewashing the crimes of Putin.
A Parable About Power
Taken from the documentary A Whisper to a Roar, this short animation beautifully illustrates the corrupting nature of power, the need for collective action and the importance of addressing root causes.
Here's A 5-Minute Video That'll Make You Rethink Our Entire News Media Circus
Thank goodness for the people behind these smartphones and cameras because otherwise ... well, without them, who would know that these things are happening? WARNING: Some violent/graphic content is shown. Here's a breakdown of just SOME of the issues going on in this vid...
How The Washington Post's New Owner Aided the CIA, Blocked WikiLeaks & Decimated the Book Industry
AUGUST 7, 2013 - The Washington Post announced the paper had been sold to founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos, one of the world’s wealthiest men, now controls one of the most powerful newspapers in the country. Some critics of the sale have cited...
Bad News In Britain as Controvertial #GaggingLaw Is Passed
A short film explaining what the government's gagging law is all about and why it's bad for democracy. Featuring 38 Degrees, Guido Fawkes, Friend of the Earth, Baston Legal & HOPE not hate. To find out more please visit 38 Degrees or search #gagginglaw on social media.
Citizen Watchdog: Why a Surfer Went to the White House
Justin Auciello grew up in Seaside Park, NJ loving the ocean, beach and surfing. But, that wasn't the only thing he loved. When he heard fire alarms go off, he'd hop on his bike and chase fire trucks because he "always wanted to be in the know," sharing information with...
Real News Network's Full 2013 Interview With Ralph Nader
Paul Jay from The Real News Network sits down with Ralph Nader for a fantastic interview.  This December, 2013 interview is in three segments and covers a range of topics. Part 1: McCarthyism Made Us Veer Away From A Systemic Doctrine For Change  Part 2:  Are Nader-like...
He Knows When You're Sleeping. He Knows When You're Awake. And He's Way Too Far Up In Your Business.
Lots of people say the whole NSA thing isn't a big deal because if you have nothing to hide, you shouldn't be afraid. Of course, that was before we found out NSA employees were actually using that information to stalk spurned lovers. So humor me. Watch this. At 1:41, they ask...
A Citizen Go-Getter on Civic Participation and Democracy
We all know people who are hard-core doers, and Rosemary Ryan, life-long Highlands, New Jersey resident delivers in spades. She's been elected Board of Education President, is an Environmental Commission member, and also sits on the Hope for Highlands Commission, a group of...
How 'We The People' Became 'We The Corporations,' In Under 4 Minutes
The courts have been giving corporations the rights of people since way before the Citizens United decision, which allows corporations to spend as much as they want to influence politics. - Brandon Weber
The Old Paradigm Meets the New Paradigm In This Incredible Interview with Russel Brand
Newsnight's Jeremy Paxman engages Russell Brand about voting, apathy, revolution and beards... and it's the most utterly fantastic clash between the old paradigm and the new paradigm I've seen condensed into 11 minutes.  
TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You've Probably Never Heard Of
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is being negotiated in secret between more than 12 countries around the Pacific region. Find out why it poses a huge threat to your digital freedoms. For more information and to find out how you can take action, visit...
The Assange Agenda -- Surveillance, Democracy And You (trailer)
The Assange Agenda is a documentary about how surveillance by governments and corporations is disrupting democracy and how Julian Assange, Wikileaks and others attempt to turn back the clock on the erosion of civil liberties and individual...
The Untold History of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party
I wish my teachers had shown me documentaries like this when I was in school. Everything I was taught in school about government and politics was how things "should be working" if everything worked as intended (3 branches of government, all perfectly balanced and...
Noam Chomsky: How the Business Class Shapes Our Opinions about Democracy and Government
"Elections are moments when groups of investors coalesce and invest to control the state." - Thomas Ferguson This is a clip from Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Politics (2009). It is possibly the definitive documentary explaining the influence of money on politics.    
Counter-Intelligence: Shining a Light on Black Operations (2013)
An extraordinary work by a gifted filmmaker, "Counter-Intelligence" shines sunlight into the darkest crevices of empire run amok. The film vividly exposes a monstrous and unconstitutional "deep state" in which multiple competing chains of command -- all but one illegal ...
Monty Python Explains Occupy Wall St. in 3 Minutes
A little bit of political satire on systems of government. This just about sums it up doesn't it? :)
Free The Press, Buy The Tribune Company
Infamous right-wing billionaires Rupert Murdoch and the Koch Brothers are threatening to buy the Tribune Company, which publishes the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Enough - let's buy the Tribune Company ourselves, and free the press. Join the experiment...
The Money Lobby (2013)
The Money Lobby examines how Political Action Committees (PACs) and Super PACs have managed to monopolize the political discourse in the US in favor of a privileged class. PRESS TV Documentaries
Earth Democracy
Vandana Shiva explains the concept of a deeper democracy called "Earth Democracy."
David Barsamian on Democrats vs. Republicans: Same Result, Different Poison
The founder and director of Alternative Radio, David Barsamian, talks about how Republicans and Democrats are essentially the same, it's just a choice of how fast you want the system to collapse.  Americans are also under a lot of pressure to put food on the table as the...
War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and The National Security State (2013) (trailer)
In a Democracy, citizens are entitled to the freedom of information and the freedom of the press, but what happens when that democratic government turns its back on the truth and begins to punish those who stand up to falsehood, secrecy, and deception? In Robert Greenwald's...