Michel Temer, left, Dilma Rousseff, Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva in a scene from “The Edge of Democracy”
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gets Oscar nomination, exposes riftThe Academy Award nomination for a Brazilian documentary about the impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff has laid bare the polarization of Latin America's largest democracy. In "The Edge of Democracy," 36-year-old filmmaker Petra Costa uses her personal story to argue that Brazil's democracy is at risk after the abrupt end to governments led by the Workers' Party between 2003 and 2016 .With Rousseff's removal in 2016, her conservative vice president, Michel Temer, took power and in 2018, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro defeated the Workers' Party candidate to win the presidency.Conservatives fired back, slamming the film's veracity and insisting Brazil's first female president deserved to be ousted for manipulating budget figures.
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