The Edge of Democracy

Directed by Petra Costa (Brazil, 2019)

Film Screening and Director's Talk

December 5, 2020

The Edge of Democracy, with director Petra Costa and Charles Ferguson

Event Description

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.

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


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.

Petra Costa and Charles Ferguson seating in conversation with each other