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National Agenda 2019: Direction Democracy

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From Hollywood to Reality Film Series

​University of Delaware Library Viewing Room, South College Avenue

National Agenda's "Direction Democracy: From Hollywood to Reality" film series examines democracy in the United States through classic feature films and behind-the-scenes documentaries. Hosted by CPC Director Nancy Karibjanian, the film series is open to the community, free of charge. The viewing room is located on the lower level of the University of Delaware Library (181 South College Avenue, Newark). Seating is limited and registration is required. To register, please visit

September 18, 6:30 p.m.

13th movie poster

13th (2016)

Scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. The thought-provoking documentary charts the explosive growth of America's prison population, from 200,000 prisoners in 1970 to more than 2 million today. Twenty-five percent of the world's incarcerated population are in the U.S. even though the U.S. has just 5 percent of the world's population.

October 16, 6:30 p.m.

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All the President’s Men (1976)

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party national headquarters and becomes more suspicious as he investigates the story. Woodward and colleague Carl Bernstein find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party, and eventually into the White House itself.

October 23, 6:30 p.m.

Recount movie poster

Recount (2008)

In this dramatization of the 2000 Presidential election, Al Gore concedes the Presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic and Republicans race to Florida to uncover the truth. Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris, a 36-day stalemate ensues.

December 4, 6:30 p.m.

Dark Money movie poster

​Dark Money (2018)

This Sundance award-winning documentary examines one of the greatest present threats to American democracy: the influence of untraceable corporate money on elections and elected officials. The film takes viewers to Montana―a front line in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide―to follow a journalist working to expose the real-life impact of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. 

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