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The Edge of Democracy

Producers Shane Boris, Petra Costa, Sara Dosa, Joanna Natasegara, Tiago Pavan


Blending the personal, poetic and political, filmmaker Petra Costa charts the unfolding political landscape of Brazil to explore one of the most dramatic periods in her country’s history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, Petra explores the rise and fall of both leaders and the tragically polarized nation that remains. The film not only captures this crucial moment in history but serves as a cautionary tale for these times of democratic crisis.

About The Team

Petra Costa (Director, Producer, Writer) makes films that center around female protagonists and engage in an archaeology of affections through which she tries to understand impalpable forces such as love, grief, guilt, and power. Her first film Elena premiered at IDFA and was called a “cinematic dream” by The New York Times and a “masterful debut” by Indiewire. Executive Produced by Fernando Meirelles and Tim Robbins, Elena was the most watched documentary in Brazil in 2013 and was released theatrically in the United States in 2014. Her second film, Olmo And The Seagull, premiered at Locarno and was theatrically released in Europe in 2016. Petra started her training in theater in Brazil and went on to study Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Shane Boris (Producer) is a creative producer, focusing on films that push conventional forms to tell timeless stories. His most recent production, All These Sleepless Nights (2016), premiered at Sundance where it won Best Directing and was acquired by The Orchard. Olmo and the Seagull (2015) premiered at Locarno and won Best Documentary at the Rio International Film Festival. Fuck For Forest (2013) premiered internationally at SXSW, won Best Documentary at the Warsaw International Film Festival, and was the most screened Polish Documentary of 2013. His first feature as a producer, You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t (2010), appeared on PBS’s Independent Lens. He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MA from Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Joanna Natasegara (Producer) is a British film producer best known for the Academy Award® winning Netflix Original short documentary, The White Helmets. Joanna also produced the BAFTA and Oscar® nominated documentary, Virunga, which won over 50 international awards including an EMMY, a Peabody, a Television Academy Honor, a Grierson and a duPont-Columbia Award for outstanding journalism. Joanna has led some of the world’s most impactful global film campaigns, including Doc Impact Award winners Virunga and No Fire Zone; films which focus on some of the most difficult social change issues of our time.

Sara Dosa  (co-producer) is a filmmaker based in San Francisco, California. Dosa’s directorial debut, The Last Season, won a Golden Gate Award at its 2014 San Francisco Film Festival premiere, was nominated for an Indie-Spirit Award after its run on the festival circuit and acquisition by both PBS and First Run Features. Most recently, she co-produced An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, which premiered on Opening Night at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Dosa produced Audrie & Daisy, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix Originals. Other credits include the 2013 Sundance award-winning Inequality For All and the acclaimed documentary, Elena (IDFA, 2012). Dosa graduated from Wesleyan University and holds a joint Masters in Anthropology and Development Economics from the London School of Economics.

Tiago Pavan (Producer) was the producer of Olmo and the Seagull (2015), which premiered at Locarno, won Best Documentary at the Rio International Film Festival, and enjoyed a wide theatrical release in many South American and European territories. He worked as an associate producer on Brazil’s most-watched documentary of 2013, Elena (2012), as well as an outreach and release campaign manager for both Elena’s US release and Lira Paulistana And The Paulista Avant-Garde‘s (2013) release.

The Edge of Democracy is a Cinereach grantee.