The Edge of Democracy

Directed by Petra Costa
2019
Australia
117 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A brilliantly assembled documentary, simultaneously personal and political, that looks 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? Costa's sadness and angry disbelief at the state of her country is palpable in this powerful documentary.

A deeply felt rumination on a troubled political scene.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
Petra Costa’s sobering film chronicles a country swinging to the right and a nationalist authoritarian taking over.
Steve Pond, The Wrap

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Sat 8 June
2:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Wed 12 June
11:45am
State Theatre
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Program Strand
International Documentaries, Latin America
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English and Portuguese with English subtitles
Director
Petra Costa
Producer
Shane Boris, Petra Costa, Sara Dosa, Joanna Natasegara, Tiago Pavan
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Biography, Latin America, Festival Award Winners, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Rights Holder: Netflix
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