Filmmaker Petra Costa (center) with Anne Thompson (L) and Joanna Natasegara
On June 13th, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council partnered with Netflix to allow LAWAC Members access to a free screening of "The Edge of Democracy," an award winning documentary by filmmaker Petra Costa, who was available for a short Q & A session afterwards.
Synopsis: "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.
With remarkably intimate access, The Edge of Democracy follows Brazil’s embattled leaders as they grapple with a scandal born out of their country’s fascist past and inflamed by a furious and ideologically divided nation. Like a great Greek tragedy, Petra Costa’s film carries a potent warning: Brazil’s crisis is one that is shared—and fomented—by Western superpowers run by equally treacherous political forces."
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLe24M_PB5E
Look for "The Edge of Democracy" on Netflix this summer.