By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Netflix released today the first trailer of “The Edge of Democracy” (Democracia em Vertigem), a documentary on Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. The film, shown at the 2019 Sundance Festival, will be available for viewing on the platform on June 19th.

“The Edge of Democracy” is the work of director Petra Costa, who has previously directed the praised documentaries “Elena” and ” Olmo and the Seagull”. It explores one of the most dramatic events in the history of Brazil, from a personal and political point of view.

Through accounts of her complex family past and unprecedented access to past and present leaders, including former presidents Lula and Dilma Rousseff, the filmmaker explores the rise and fall of these rulers and the resulting polarization of a nation.

This is the second documentary covering the impeachment. Last year, the film “The Trial” (O Processo), directed by Maria Augusta Ramos, was shown at several international festivals, including Berlin.

The Edge of Democracy is a documentary on Dilma Rousseff's impeachment proceeding. The film, shown at the 2019 Sundance Festival, will be available on Netflix on June 19th.
The Edge of Democracy is a documentary about Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. The film, shown at the 2019 Sundance Festival, will be available on Netflix on June 19th. (Photo by José Cruz/Agencia Brasil)

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