Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Film Screening: "O Processo (The Trial)"

Mon, October 1, 2018 | Avaya Auditorium, POB 2.302, 201 E. 24th Street

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The LLILAS Benson Brazil Center presents a screening of O Processo (The Trial, 2hrs20min), a documentary by Maria Augusta Ramos about the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff.

A talkback with director Maria Augusta Ramos and Seth Garfield, Brazil Center director, follows the screening.

O Processo offers a behind-the-scenes look at the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female President. The film portrays the “judicial political” trial, first at the House of Representatives and then at the Senate, focusing on the President’s defense team and two senators who struggle to prove the her innocence in the face of a majority vote by a Congress riddled with corruption. 

A tale of betrayal and corruption, the film presents Rousseff’s personal story of imprisonment and torture by the country’s former military dictatorship as a young woman, and the charges of fiscal crimes and corruption she faces as president. 

During the filming, Ramos was granted unique access to the defense team, to left-wing senators and to President Rousseff herself. Using a technique that is wholly observational, without interviews and narrations, Ramos captures telling interactions in the private and political spheres as well as the mass demonstrations held in response to this political crisis.

Ultimately, the film bears witness to the collapse of democratic institutions at the very heart of this crisis and reflects on the dangers facing democracies worldwide.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lindsey Engelman.

To RSVP and receive updates via Facebook, visit O Processo. Learn more about the film at Maria Ramos, The Trial.

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