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75 Ratings

The Edge of Democracy


Directed by Petra Costa
Brazil, 2019


A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis – the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, we witness their rise and fall.

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The Edge of Democracy Directed by Petra Costa

Critics reviews

Thanks to extraordinary access to figures at the centre of the story . . . Costa manages to craft an intimate primer about the state’s descent into populism and the fraying of the country’s democratic fabric.
June 21, 2019
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Costa’s personal angle yields remarkable moments.
June 20, 2019
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Though she is a scrupulous and dogged digger-up of hidden facts and a thoughtful interpreter of public events, Costa hasn’t produced a work of objective journalism or detached historical scholarship so much as a personal reckoning with her nation’s past and present.
June 18, 2019
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