The Edge of Democracy with Filmmaker Q & A

Petra Costa


Joanna Natasegara


Anne Thompson

Editor-at-Large, IndieWire

June 13, 2019 7:30 PM    Screening

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The Edge of Democracy

Was Brazil’s democracy a short-lived dream?


As a child in 1985, filmmaker Petra Costa (ElenaOlma and the Seagull) saw democracy take root in Brazil following years of authoritarian rule under a military dictatorship. Gaining unprecedented access to working-party leaders Lula da Silva and his protégée Dilma Rousseff, Costa traces the downfall of both democratic leaders following corruption scandals that resulted in the impeachment of Rousseff and the imprisonment of da Silva.


Merging the personal and the political, Costa delves to the heart of her country’s unfolding identity crisis, examining widespread institutional corruption while connecting her own family’s complex political and industrial past to the current state of Brazilian politics. Capturing a unique historical moment, THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY examines the complex forces at play that erode one system and replace it with another.

Q & A after the screening with director Petra Costa and producer Joanna Natasegara, and a reception to follow.

Movie Trailer here -

Seating is assigned at this theater and LAWAC has a section of the theater exclusively. We are expecting a completely full house and will not be able to make special seating arrangements for attendees outside of our section.

Language: English and Portuguese

Runtime: 1 hr 53 minutes 

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This film is a Netflix Original Documentary