Global Doing Democracy Research Project
Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy in the Americas.
The documentary film “Beyond Elections”, which made its Canadian premiere at the conference, explores the political processes taking place in Latin America today. Participatory budgeting, communal councils, cooperatives, and constitutional assemblies are all ways that Latin Americans are getting more involved in governing their countries. In Brazil, participatory budgeting has allowed citizens to take part in the allocation of city funds to services they deem most important like daycare, education, housing and other social services. Democracy in Latin America has existed consecutively for the last 25 years and was won through constant battles against oppressive regimes from both within’ and outside the country.
The hard work and sacrifice Latin Americans have put in to have the democracy they do today means that they take their citizenship participation very seriously and display an unwavering vigilance against threats to take their democracy away.