The Trial


Hart House Theatre Sun, Apr 29, 2018 8:45 PM
Hart House Theatre Tue, May 1, 2018 11:45 AM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sun, May 6, 2018 6:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Brazil
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Crime & Punishment
Her Story
Politics & Political Intrigue
South America
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maria Augusta Ramos
Producer(s):Gudula Meinzolt
Wout Conijn
Maria Augusta Ramos
Paulo de Carvalho
Executive Producer(s):Maria Augusta Ramos
Editor(s):Karen Akerman
Cinematography:Alan Schvarsberg
Sound:Marta Lopes


Following her remarkable documentaries about the Brazilian justice system (Justiça, Juízo), Maria Augusta Ramos chronicles the most important trial in her country's recent history, which led to the impeachment and removal from office of President Dilma Rousseff. With incredible access to Rousseff's defence team and the months-long courtroom drama, as well as glimpses into mass demonstrations, the film opts for a wholly observational approach that skilfully dissects the political manoeuvring behind what many have called a parliamentary coup. Private conversations and public speeches reveal the structures of power and the complex interests at play. A visiting French senator apologizing for her country's poor coverage of the events reminds us that most media outlets were then more concerned with the Olympic Games than Brazil's profound crisis. A cautionary tale of betrayal and corruption, The Trial offers a fascinating look at how democratic institutions can collapse. Charlotte Selb

Co-presented with BRAFFTV.

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