In August 2016, Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, was impeached and removed from office by the senate, after a series of corruption scandals and allegations of nepotism.
For this courtroom drama, director Maria Augusta Ramos documented the politically motivated (and often highly theatrical) trial from the perspective of Rousseff’s defence team. Emotions run high in the packed courtroom, the structures of power unfold, and sexism sometimes seeps through the cracks. Outside, the president’s supporters and opponents follow the case on large screens, dressed like soccer fans in the colours of the rival parties, and chanting like a Greek chorus. Are the supporters backing Dilma, as the Brazilians refer to their president, or are they primarily resisting a conservative offensive? And is Dilma actually the leader of the women she claims to represent?
The screening will be introduced by Dr. Tori Holmes, lecturer in Brazilian Studies at QUB.