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The Edge of Democracy 2019

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This is a gripping and incredibly well-made documentary about the demise of the last two Brazilian presidents, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva (2003-2011) and Dilma Rousseff (2011-2016). The first is now in prison, while the second was impeached.

The Edge of Democracy is narrated in English by the filmmaker, Petra Costa, a renown Brazilian director. Costa intertwines her family history with Brazil’s, as her parents were activists who were sent to jail in the ‘70s (her mother was held in the same facility as ex-president Rousseff).

This grounds the documentary and turns it into a personal story that illustrates the bigger political picture. The Edge of Democracy knows that you don’t know much about Brazilian politics, but makes that a source of suspense rather than a disadvantage. It’s a perfect instructive watch.

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Angelo
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Angelo

As a Brazilian myself and having watched this documentary, I can confirm it’s quite an impressive piece of work. Although a little biased sometimes, it shows quite precisely what happens in Brazil at the moment and it can be perfectly replicated to a big number of democracies around the world: center-left governments being ousted from power due to illegal and unethical maneuvers done by growing alt-right conservative parties sponsored by powerful groups and controlling a vast net of fake news. If you like politics you’ll surely appreciate it.

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The Edge of Democracy consolidates a lying narrative and even sanctifies a corrupt leader. The film shows a whole generation corrupted by unscrupulous parents, teachers and leaders, led to believe in the superiority of the collective over the individual, the material over the spiritual, equality about a difference, a generation for which reality has to adapt to a story told by a voice narrator as childish as their perception of the world so that their dreams and frustrations can fit into that reality.

A truly lost generation.

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Details

  • Starring

    Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva
  • Directed by

    Petra Costa
  • Written by

    Petra Costa