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


Petra Costa


Petra Costa (screenplay), Daniela Capelato (additional writing) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dilma Rousseff ... Self - Ex-Presidente
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)


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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Shortly after the events of this film, questions emerged over the financial dealings of elected president Jair Bolsonaro's eldest son, Flávio Bolsonaro, also a recently elected senator, amid mounting allegations he had engaged in an illegal, tithe-like practice by which politicians siphon off part of their employees' wages. The plot thickened when Brazilian newspaper O Globo alleged that Flávio Bolsonaro had employed the mother and wife of an alleged death squad leader whose gang was suspected of involvement in the assassination of the Rio councilor Marielle Franco. Fabrício Queiroz, a longstanding friend and employee of Brazil's president, claims to be the one who have recommended the women for those jobs. Queiroz was also caught sending undeclared large amounts of money to the president's wife and son in the form of many small bank deposits. Investigations on the case were suspended after Jair Bolsonaro questioned and coerced investigating forces and later minister Dias Toffoli accepted a request from Flávio Bolsonaro's defense team to cease the case. See more »


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Another great work by Petra Costa
21 June 2019 | by adacunhaporaSee all my reviews

Petra Costa is perhaps the best documentary director in Brazil. Her debut is the masterpiece Elena, a very personal look to her sister. The Edge of the Democracy, her third feature, is another kind a monster. A political one, to be exat, in which she narrates the oddly "democratic" impeachment of president Dilma Roussef.

Costa's talent is to make simple footage (either from stock and original shots) into sheer cinematic strenght. A rare gift, I might add.

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