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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

Writers:

Petra Costa (screenplay), Carol Pires (co-writer) | 2 more credits »
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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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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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A cautionary tale of a democracy in crisis See more »


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

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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Trivia

Petra Costa's own mother spent time in the same prison that Dilma Rousseff was incarcerated in. See more »

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Features Jango (1984) See more »

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Canto de Ossanha
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Very emotional and personal perspective
20 June 2019 | by wandinhogoSee all my reviews

The documentary offers a very intimate view on the events surrounding the last decade of Brazil's democracy.

It shows some background on the historical political forces that dominate the country but fails to present a broad perspective of the context. It's clear though that this was never the objective when the narrator presents itself with her views. The documentary does very good at reminding us and offering a more static showcase of the ongoing forces that threatened democracy in an attempt to circumvent investigations and save themselves.

I had more expectations related to the informative content as I'm a native myself and the actual playtime of the documentary being a bit long but i won't say I'm frustrated.

I concluded it's a good resumé for foreign audiences to understand the current events in Brazil and a very intimate display of the effects of a political crysis in a borderline democracy.


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