Democracy

  • David Bernet
  • Germany, France
  • 2015
  • 100 min

Synopsis

Few things are more unwieldy and lacking in transparency than European politics. Who’s really running the show in Brussels? What’s the true role of the European Parliament or the Council of Ministers? And how do the new laws and regulations that apply to all 28 member states get made? For two years, Democracy followed several key figures behind the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, a controversial issue among European policymakers. The film starts in 2014 with the European Parliament approving the new regulation, and then leaps two years back to the start of the negotiations. Rapporteur Jan Philipp Albrecht is the German Green Party politician tasked with steering and overseeing the entire process. We see him talking with lobbyists and civil rights activists, joining fringe gatherings and debates, participating in think tanks, talking with colleagues in the corridors of power, and reporting to EU Commissioner Viviane Reding. Often patient but sometimes visibly frustrated, he counters opponents’ arguments about a new regulation that met particularly intense resistance from big businesses working with large amounts of personal data.

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  • 100 min
  • color
  • DCP
Screening copy
Indi Film GmbH
World Sales
Doc & Film International
Director
David Bernet
Production
Arek Gielnik for Indi Film GmbH, Sonia Otto for Indi Film GmbH
Executive producer
Dietmar Ratsch for Indi Film GmbH
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