Festival Program


Death of Democracy

Sun 26 Aug, 6pm
ACMI The Cube

In a post-Trump world, the rise of extremism has been accompanied by increasing censorship – and a move to demonise. Esteemed writer and author Ed Husain draws on years of experience and investigative reportage to thrash the subject out with journalist David Neiwert. With Amy Gray.

This session is free, no bookings are required.


1 hour

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Amy Gray is a Melbourne-based writer who focuses on feminism, politics, culture and memoir. Her work has been published widely, including in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, ABC, SBS and The Lifted Brow.

Ed Husain is the bestselling author of The House of Islam and The Islamist. He writes and speaks extensively on the geopolitics of the Middle East and international threats from radicalisation and terrorism.

David Neiwert is a veteran investigative journalist based in Seattle. He is the Pacific Northwest correspondent for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He is the author of several books, including his most recent book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

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