The Edge of Democracy

Sunday, January 5 - Thursday, January 23, 2020

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


Screening in the series Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries 2020.



  • Country Brazil
  • Language Portuguese with English subtitles
  • Running Time 121 minutes
  • Distributor Netflix
  • Director Petra Costa
  • Writer Petra Costa Co-writers: Carol Pires, David Barker, Moara Passoni Additional Writing: Rita Gloria Cur
  • Producer Shane Boris, Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Tiago Pavan
  • Editor Tina Baz, Jordana Berg, Karen Harley, David Barker, Joaquim Castro, Felipe Lacerda
  • Cinematographer João Atala, Ricardo Stuckert
  • Accessibility Assistive Listening, T-Coil