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The Edge of Democracy

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Original title
The Edge of Democracy (Democracia em Vertigem)
Year
Running time
113 min.
Country
Brazil Brazil
Director
Screenwriter
Petra Costa, Carol Pires, David Barker, Moara Passoni
Music
Vitor Araújo, Rodrigo Leão, Gilberto Monte, Lucas Santtana
Cinematography
João Atala
Cast
Producer
Busca Vida Filmes. Distributed by Netflix
Genre
Documentary | Politics
Synopsis / Plot
Once a nation crippled by military dictatorship, Brazil found its democratic footing in 1985 and then, in 2002, elected a hugely popular political disrupter: steel-worker-turned-activist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Under his watch, 20 million Brazilians were lifted out of poverty, and his country rose to international prominence. In 2010, “Lula” passed the presidential baton to his prodigy, a fierce female guerrilla named Dilma Rousseff. But beneath their sunny legacy, rumblings of populist rage and institutional corruption seeped into the mainstream—much of it abetted by a partisan judge who fed news outlets sensational, deeply flawed corruption reports that targeted Lula, Dilma, and anyone else who refused to scratch the backs of powerful politicians and special-interest groups.
Awards
2019: Academy Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2019: Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Documentary Competition
2019: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Documentary
2020: Platino Awards: Best Documentary
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