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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.

Director:

Petra Costa

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilma Rousseff ... Self - Ex-Presidente
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva ... Self - Ex-Presidente (as Lula da Silva)
Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva ... Self - Primeira Dama (as Marisa Letícia)
Sergio Moro ... Self - Juiz Federal (as Sérgio Moro)
Nestor Cerveró Nestor Cerveró ... Self - Ex-Executivo da Petrobras (archive footage)
Paulo Roberto Costa Paulo Roberto Costa ... Self - Ex-Diretor da Petrobras (archive footage)
Marcelo Odebrecht Marcelo Odebrecht ... Self - Ex-Presidente do Grupo Odebrecht (archive footage)
Lindbergh Farias Lindbergh Farias ... Self - Senador (PT) (archive footage)
Jovair Arantes Jovair Arantes ... Self - Relator da Comissão do Impeachment (PTB)
José Eduardo Cardozo José Eduardo Cardozo ... Self - Advogado de Dilma / Ex-Ministro da Justiça
Eduardo Cunha ... Self - Presidente da Câmara dos Deputados (PMDB)
Carlos Henrique Gaguim Carlos Henrique Gaguim ... Self - Deputado (PTN)
Paulo Maluf Paulo Maluf ... Self - Deputado (PP)
Roberto Requião Roberto Requião ... Self - Senador (PMDB)
Jean Wyllys Jean Wyllys ... Self - Deputado (PSOL)
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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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I fear our democracy was nothing but a short-lived dream See more »


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On June 2019, documents furnished exclusively to news publication The Intercept revealed serious ethical violations and legally prohibited collaboration between the judge and prosecutors who convicted and imprisoned former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on corruption charges: former judge Sergio Moro (now Minister of Justice) repeatedly counseled prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol via Telegram during more than two years of the operation. The conversations show that prosecution had serious doubts about whether there was sufficient evidence to establish Lula's guilt. In other messages Moro stands against investigating a former right-wing president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, as his support could be important to them. 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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Connections

Features Linha de Montagem (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Bachianas brasileiras no. 5
Written by Heitor Villa-Lobos
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Documentary extremely important to our perception of democracy and how it has been elitist and oligarchic in Brazil. The Documentary presents facts, and makes us realize how recent history unfortunately tends to follow and perpetuate the old models. It causes reflection on the importance of democratic acts, on the construction of self-opinions, and on how we are still vulnerable to being induced by the medium and a numerically small but great perceive of privileges. My sincerest congratulations to the entire production.


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Official Sites:

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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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