‘The Edge of Democracy’ Director Petra Costa on Brazil’s Political Parallels to U.S. Politics

‘The Edge of Democracy’ Director Petra Costa on Brazil’s Political Parallels to U.S. Politics
Petra Costa’s second feature documentary, “The Edge of Democracy,” tells the story of the rise of democracy following years of military dictatorship in Brazil — and the corruption threatening its very existence. Costa’s story is personal, too, as she chronicles her own coming of age alongside her country’s democracy.

Costa’s parents were revolutionaries who fought against the dictatorship, but other family members benefited from the system of bribes and corruption that have been in place for decades.

“I really had the feeling that I was reaping the fruits of their struggle, of their lifetime work. And that gave me the freedom to do films that are more psychological, more [intimate], more poetic because I felt that work of guaranteeing democracy and fighting against social inequality was done and I took it for granted,” she explained following a screening of the film at the International Documentary Association’s annual screening series in Los Angeles.
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