The Edge of Democracy

Film Screening and Director's Talk

Title Conditional: The Edge of Democracy

Directed by Petra Costa (Brazil, 2019)

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 5:30 pm promptly | Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

Political documentary and personal memoir collide in this exploration into the complex truth behind the unraveling of two Brazilian presidencies. 113 minutes. English and Portuguese with English subtitles.  

After the screening, director Petra Costa will speak in conversation with Academy Award-winner Charles Ferguson

Petra Costa is a Brazilian actor and filmmaker. Her films have been nominated for multiple awards across Latin America, Europe, and the United States, and Variety listed her among 10 documentary filmmakers to watch. 

Charles Ferguson, the founder and president of Representational Pictures, won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary as the director of Inside Job. His films also include the Oscar-nominated No End in Sight: The American Occupation of Iraq and Time to Choose.

“The Edge of Democracy is a poetic telling of the birth and erosion of Brazilian democracy.”

–  Sundance Institute

Free to the public, no registration or tickets are required. 


After the screening, audience members watch on as Ferguson asks Costa about the current state of Brazilian politics. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

After the screening, audience members watch on as Ferguson asks Costa about the current state of Brazilian politics. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa explains the process of making the film. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa explains the process of making the film. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa explains her concerns with the state of Brazilian democracy to Ferguson. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa explains her concerns with the state of Brazilian democracy to Ferguson. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Ferguson looks out into the audience for questions. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Ferguson looks out into the audience for questions. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

An audience member asks what the film says about the ability to use democracy to erode democracy. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

An audience member asks what the film says about the ability to use democracy to erode democracy. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa responds to the audience member. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa responds to the audience member. (Photo by Ana De Carolis.)

Costa talks to audience members after the Q and A. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

Costa talks to audience members after the Q and A. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

An audience member and Costa chat. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

An audience member and Costa chat. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

Costa, Ferguson, and Producer Sara Dosa. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

Producer Sara Dosa (left) with Costa and Ferguson. (Photo by Ana De Coralis.)

Police lines separate protestors during Brazil's impeachment process in 2015. (Photo by Juca Varella/AgênciaBrasil.)
Police lines separate protestors during Brazil's impeachment process in 2015. (Photo by Juca Varella/AgênciaBrasil.)