Berlinale 2018: O PROCESSO

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O PROCESSO
(THE TRIAL)

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Berlinale 2018, Panorama Dokumente

The feature-length documentary of Maria Augusta Ramos, will celebrate its world premiere at the section Panorama Dokumente of this year’s Berlin International Film Festival.

O processo offers an intense and evocative behind-the-scenes look at a historical moment of significance – the impeachment process of Brazil’s first female president Dilma Rousseff.

O processo portrays the “judicial political” trial that led to the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female President. Her lawyer and three senators struggle to prove the President’s innocence against a majority vote by a Congress riddled with corruption.
A tale of betrayal and corruption, the film presents Rousseff’s personal story: herself imprisoned and tortured by the country’s former military dictatorship, she faces impeachment accused of fiscal crimes. Rousseff declares herself innocent and accuses the right-wing opposition of perpetrating a Parliamentary Coupd’état.
The filmmaker was granted unique access to the defense team, to left wing senators and to President Rousseff herself. Maria Augusta Ramos’ technique is wholly observational, without interviews and narrations. The camera captures telling physical and conversational interactions in the private and political sphere while offering viewers a glimpse of the outdoor mass demonstrations.