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by David Bernet


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.

international title: Democracy
original title: Democracy - Im Rausch der Daten
country: Germany, France
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: David Bernet
film run: 100'
screenplay: David Bernet
cinematography by: Marcus Winterbauer, Francois Roland
film editing: Catrin Vogt
producer: Arek Gielnik, Sonia Otto
production: INDI FILM GmbH, Seppia


main awards/selection

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam IDFA 2015 

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