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“An absolutely vital piece of documentary filmmaking”

By Noel Murray

“An absolutely vital piece of documentary filmmaking, director Petra Costa’s The Edge of Democracy covers the recent political turmoil in Brazil, where a combination of corruption and betrayal pushed one administration out of office and cleared the way for a more authoritarian one. Costa — whose family has been heavily involved in the country’s politics and industry for generations — has a personal stake in the outcome of this situation. She uses her film to explain Brazil’s complicated history and to warn that even a seemingly stable, prosperous democracy can descend into chaos in an instant.”

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