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CCS Documentary Screening – The Power of Us

Facilitator: Danford Chibvongodze
Date: Thursday 18 July 2019
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN

There will be popcorn


“The Power of Us” forms part of National Geographic’s documentary series "The Story of Us" that features Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman as narrator and guide across several countries and cultures. In this episode, Morgan Freeman challenges us to rethink about the concept of “representative democracy”, more particularly in a global society faced with a leadership crisis. He turns to Bill Clinton, the former President of the US, and engages him on the trade-off between leadership and democracy. He then interviews Henry Kyemba, a former Cabinet member of Idi Amin's regime to reveal how the concentration of power in the hands of one man can have disastrous consequences on democracy. This episode also features Rebecca Lolosoli, a Kenyan woman who has fought patriarchy by creating a society without men - Umoja village.

The episode concludes by looking at how the rise in information technology is contributing to a shift from “representative democracy” to “direct democracy”, where people feel more emboldened to take on unpopular political leaders and become directly involved in the shaping of their own democracies through social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter.

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