Facing a violent military dictatorship and an intimidated opposition, writer-turned-politician Carlos Marighella articulates a resistance all the while ousting heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the regime.
1969. Marighella had no time for fear. On the one hand, a violent military dictatorship. On the other, an intimidated left. Alongside, revolutionaries 30 years younger than him and willing to fight, the revolutionary leader opted for action. In Wagner Moura's,"Marighella," Brazil's number one enemy attempts to articulate a resistance all the while ousting the heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the oppressive regime. In a radical face off, he fights for a people whose support is uncertain - all the while trying to a keep the promise of reuniting with his son - who he distanced himself from in order to protect.
The film's domestic release was initially held back due to fear of it being hampered by ongoing calls to boycott it by conservatives and the government of recently elected right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who claims, among other things, that the country's 21 years under military rule - between April 1964 and March 1985 - was not a dictatorship. See more »
One of a kind in so many aspects
This movie is one of a kind in so many aspects. First, it tells an important story about a movement that resisted the dictatorship in Brazil from 1964 to 1985.
Sadly, it is also remarkable by being one of the first movies target in this new cyberwarfare sponsored by the alt-right in Brazil. The movie has a few reviews in IMDB (written by actual people), yet it has a very low score. The score has less to do with the quality of the film, and more with the story it tells. It bothers a lot of fundamentalists in the far-right in Brazil to have a movie that tells an uncomfortable truth about the recent history of an authoritarian country that tries hard to portray itself as a nation of kindness and liberty.
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