"What Democracy Looks Like" Is a Fascinating Snapshot of Trump Inauguration Weekend

Inauguration weekend was an absolute whirlwind for Washington D.C. as well as the nation at large. Opposing forces converged on the nation's capital, and this short film from NPR is a striking encapsulation of the events and people of varying personalities, gender, beliefs, race, and walks of life that made their voices heard as Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

January 20, 2017 will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most pivotal in history, and it was certainly one of the most divisive in history. This poignant short film captures the events and those who partook in them astoundingly well and highlights the incredible diversity of American citizens in its five short minutes. It's both eye-opening and eerie; one can't help but feel the history being made in real time coursing through the screen. The brief vignettes are powerful both as singular events and when taken as a whole; the act of plucking individuals from masses of people that are often labeled as one reinforces the tremendously nuanced and intricate nature that is the singular person and serves to give the film a weighty, important, and intimate air that demands close watching. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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This is just fantastic. Such a great non-partisan (I had to google that word) video. I love the audio mixes.
This is my kinda news.
Thanks for sharing!

Did you ever watch "Deadwood"? The tension and music in this video remind me a lot of the scene where Wild Bill is killed.

It's on my list! I can't wait to watch it.

Its amazing how few Americans understand that isn't it?

A democratic republic is still a democracy. Not a direct democracy, but with such low voter turn out, would we even want a direct democracy?

Lovely depiction of election, however the story line seem to drift more toward those against President Trump. More balance I hope is on the way

In what way did it drift? I thought even the juxtoposition of the demonstrators' chant over the final images actually broadened the scope and brought back in Trump supporters.