If you follow US politics nowadays, you know that watching the news is almost as terrifying as the scariest horror film. The nation is divided. Corruption runs rampant. And it would appear that there’s really no end in sight. In the new documentary, “The Edge of Democracy,” filmmaker Petra Costa shines a light on her home country of Brazil and its own political turmoil, which may prove to be a promise of what is yet to come in America.
As seen in the new trailer for “The Edge of Democracy,” the filmmaker shows what happened with the rise of democracy in Brazil during the 1980s and the corruption, criminal activity, and polarized populous that followed. Ultimately, if you’re familiar with the current state of the country, you can see the ramifications of what happens when this sort of political activity continues. And if you live in the US right now, watching this trailer is probably pretty shocking and horrifying.
“The Edge of Democracy” debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and is yet another recent political documentary to hit the Netflix streaming service. Judging by the fact that this film doesn’t seem to carry much hope, and is more of a cautionary tale, ‘Edge’ can serve as an unofficial companion piece to the recent “Knock Down the House.”
As mentioned, the film comes from director Costa, who is probably best known for her most recent documentary, “Elena.”
“The Edge of Democracy” arrives on Netflix on June 19.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.