A CAUTIONARY TALE OF A DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS.
Having been born near the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, the director takes on her country’s political evolution since the 1980s and ties it together with her family’s experiences. She has a clear point of view and makes us understand how close the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, stands to the old autocratic regime. Petra Costa also recalls the kind of hope Lula da Silva inspired when he was elected president in 2002. Using archive footage and peeks behind the scenes, she explores the process that led to Lula’s imprisonment and his successor Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. An ominous film that isn’t easy to penetrate if you aren’t already familiar with the subject.
2019-Brazil. 121 min. Color-B/W. Directed by Petra Costa.
Trivia: Brazilian title: Democracia em vertigem.