Democracy: Termite TV Collective
Fri May 18, 2007 14:06


A voice and a choice. From animation to documentary to comedy, this collection of short films is thought provoking, informative, funny and sometimes aggravating. In short, just what is needed to ensure debate in a vibrant democracy? 'Featuring work by: 'Contributing producers: Mike Kvetemeyer, Jim Schneider. Serena Reed and Jamese Wells, Deborah Rudman and Dorothea Braemer, Carl Lee, Joanna Raczynska, Jim Glozier, Steve Kurtz, Karima Amin, Brian Melbrand, Meg Knowles, and Bill Brown.

Producer: Termite TV Collective
Length: 27m 52s

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