Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

Screening of The Edge of Democracy

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:00pm – 9:00pm

True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall, 280 Brook Street

Introduction by Renato Amado. Amado attended law school at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, from which he graduated in 2005. For the next ten years, he worked as a lawyer at a state-run oil and gas company. Outside his job, he invested time in promoting and producing literature and art, by organizing art events and exhibitions, and working as a writer and publisher. In 2013, he returned to academia, and in 2016 he earned an M.A. in Brazilian Literature at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro. He is currently a third-year PhD student at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University.

About the film:

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies.

A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

Watch the trailer here.

On March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Granoff Center The Edge of Democracy director Petra Costa will join filmmakers Geralyn Dreyfous (The Great Hack) and Lauren Greenfield (The Kingmaker) for a panel discussion on "Democracy in Peril Across the Globe," part of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress.