Wednesday, 5 December 1:30PM – 5:00 PM
School of Arts
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
A one-off screening of the Brazilian political doc The Trial at Birkbeck College, supported by DMovies, in collaboration with the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS). The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this February, and it has been pre-nominated for the Best Oscar entry. It and has never been shown in the UK.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker Maria Augusta Ramos, Brazilian lawmaker Juliana Neuenschwander Magalhaes and Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, professor of international law and international affairs at Birkbeck.This screening and debate have become necessary than ever, given the sudden changes in the Brazilian political landscape, with the recent election of Jair Bolsonaro.
Doors will open at 13:30. There will be a short introduction, and the film will begin at 14:00, followed by the a debate.
More information about The Trial:
“A trial so dirty even Kafka would be perplexed! Doc reveals twisted nature of the coup d’état that took place in Brazil two years ago, and it’s aptly named after a novel by the German-speaking writer”
The world is blithely unaware of the coup d’état that took place in largest country of Latin America in 2016. Most people outside Brazil assume that the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff was a legitimate process in accordance with the country’s constitution. Many think that Dilma was involved in some sort of corruption scandal and that her removal was an entirely bona fide process. The 137-minute documentary The Trial reveals the details of a process so absurd that it’s akin to Kafka’s eponymous novel, which is mentioned the film. The book tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote authority, with the nature of his crime remaining a mystery. Not too different from what happened to Dilma.
Entrance is free but booking here indispensable