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The Edge of Democracy (2019)

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Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies.

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Petra Costa

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Petra Costa (screenplay), Carol Pires (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilma Rousseff ... Herself - Ex-Presidente
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ... Himself - Ex-Presidente (as Lula da Silva)
Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva ... Herself - Primeira Dama (as Marisa Letícia)
Sergio Moro ... Himself - Juiz Federal (as Sérgio Moro)
Nestor Cerveró Nestor Cerveró ... Himself - Ex-Executivo da Petrobras (archive footage)
Paulo Roberto Costa Paulo Roberto Costa ... Himself - Ex-Diretor da Petrobras (archive footage)
Marcelo Odebrecht Marcelo Odebrecht ... Himself - Ex-Presidente do Grupo Odebrecht (archive footage)
Lindbergh Farias Lindbergh Farias ... Himself - Senador (PT) (archive footage)
Jovair Arantes Jovair Arantes ... Himself - Relator da Comissão do Impeachment (PTB)
José Eduardo Cardozo José Eduardo Cardozo ... Himself - Advogado de Dilma / Ex-Ministro da Justiça
Eduardo Cunha ... Himself - Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados (PMDB)
Carlos Henrique Gaguim Carlos Henrique Gaguim ... Himself - Deputado (PTN)
Paulo Maluf Paulo Maluf ... Himself - Deputado (PP)
Roberto Requião Roberto Requião ... Himself - Senador (PMDB)
Jean Wyllys Jean Wyllys ... Himself - Deputado (PSOL)
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Storyline

A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

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Official Sites:

Netflix

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | English

Release Date:

19 June 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impeachment See more »

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Busca Vida Filmes See more »
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The current far-right Brazilian government responded to the film after its Oscar nomination, stating filmmaker Petra Costa "played the role of an anti-Brazil activist and tarnished the country's image abroad with a series of fake news in an interview on American television. [...] It is unbelievable that a filmmaker can create a narrative full of lies and absurd forecasts in order to denigrate a nation just because she does not accept the result of elections." See more »

Quotes

Petra Costa: A Greek writer said that democracy is only working when the rich feel threatened. Otherwise, oligarchy takes over. From father to son, son to grandson, from grandson to great grandson, and so successively.
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A Cautionary Tale Of A Democracy In Crisis
24 February 2020 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

Skilfully merging the political with the personal, The Edge of Democracy provides an interesting insight into the 2014 socio-political crisis which ripped Brazil apart, and paved way for a situation where the country can now slide back into the very oppressive system it fought so hard and for so long to overcome.

Co-written, co-produced & directed by Petra Costa, the documentary establishes her political leanings early on by offering some background context that shaped her worldview and then narrates the events that led to her nation's current state by taking us through the rise & fall of two presidencies. But it isn't an impartial take.

When seen from an outside perspective, the documentary serves as a warning for numerous other democracies around the world whose fabric is both threatened & failing, including my own. Costa allows the plot to unfold at an unhurried pace so viewers can take in all the information but it only manages to be riveting in bits n pieces.

Overall, The Edge of Democracy is an extensively researched & brilliantly narrated documentary but it is also diluted by the filmmaker's own political preference and is going to polarise many. Nonetheless, it does rather well as a cautionary tale and paints an unnerving portrait of the future that's in store when the foundations on which a nation functions are ignored.


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