The Edge of Democracy

The Edge of Democracy

The Edge of Democracy

Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentary looking at Brazil’s tumultuous recent history through the lens of the filmmaker’s memory.

"Filmmaker Petra Costa is roughly the same age as Brazil's democracy. She was born around the end of military rule and came of age when Worker's Party candidate President Lulu da Silva was elected president. Her parents were jailed because of their opposition to the former military dictatorship, but with Lula's election the future finally seems bright. Just 17 years later, Costa films Lula, the embodiment of her mother's political dreams, as he's carted off to jail – convicted of corruption. Simultaneously, his anointed successor, Dilma Rousseff, faces impeachment. How could the democratic dream go so very wrong?" (Sydney Film Festival)

2019121 minsBrazilPortuguese with English subtitles
DocumentaryWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Variety

Variety

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This is documentary cinema in which facts tangle compellingly with feeling, while passages of solemn, stately mood-building split the difference.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Petra Costa's riveting documentary provides an authoritative overview of recent Brazilian history, revealing the way it is also closely woven into her own family story.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A deeply felt rumination on a troubled political scene.

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Variety

Variety

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This is documentary cinema in which facts tangle compellingly with feeling, while passages of solemn, stately mood-building split the difference.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Petra Costa's riveting documentary provides an authoritative overview of recent Brazilian history, revealing the way it is also closely woven into her own family story.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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A deeply felt rumination on a troubled political scene.

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