The Edge of Democracy
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? Costa's sadness and angry disbelief at the state of her country is palpable in this powerful documentary.