Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Film & Debate: The Dictator

On September 11th 2015, the Montesquieu Institute and Filmhuis Den Haag showed The Dictator by Sacha Baron Cohen. A comedy with some serious undertones concerning the thin line between dictatorships and democracies.

The movie The Dictator, by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, shows dictator Aladeen who does everything to prevent the creation of a stable creation in his country. Yet, beyond the jokes the dictator shows how thin the lines can be between dictatorship and democracy. Not even to mention how Sacha Baron Cohen has shown how the rest of the world will fall over a dictator.

Professor André Gerrits (chair of Russian History at Leiden University) discussed before the film the grey area between being a democracy or being a dictatorship.

Practical information

Date & time: September 11th 2015, 17:00 to 19:00

Location: Filmhuis Den Haag, Spui 191 The Hague

Entree fee: € 9,-, € 7,50 for students and the elderly

This event was part of a wider programme of the Night of the Dictatorships, held in the evening and night of September 12th. For further information we kindly refer you to the Dutch version of our website by clicking on 'Nederlands' in the right upper corner of this page.


The Dictator