Opinion

Brazil’s documentary wars

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Scene from ‘The edge of democracy’

The events of the past years in Brazil deserve cinematic treatment. From the irruption of street protests in June 2013, through a World Cup and an Olympics, massive corruption revelations, a cataclysmic impeachment, and the country’s worst-ever recession, to the election of one of the most right-wing leaders on the planet, it is a story that needs telling—and explaining. And The Edge of Democracy is a beautifully made attempt to do so. But in today’s Brazil, nothing is so simple.