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    Maria Augusta Ramos, director "The Trial," a film about the legal process that resulted in the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 February 2018

“When you have a parliamentary coup, it has profound consequences for society," said the film's director Maria Augusta Ramos.

“O Processo,” translated from Brazilian Portuguese as “The Trial,” is a new film about the legal process that resulted in the impeachment of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Directed by Maria Augusta Ramos, the movie, which blends footage of the actual trial with images of protesters, both for and against Rousseff, was premiered Wednesday at the Berlin Film Festival.

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“It says a lot about what’s happening right now... The country remains completely divided,” said Ramos in an interview on Thursday. “When you have a parliamentary coup, it has profound consequences for society as a whole at every level, and this is what we’re seeing now.”

She emphasized that the largest country in South America and the 5th largest in the world must deal with the significant issues it faces. However, Ramos lamented that democracy in Brazil is “sick.”

With Brazil gearing up for general elections in October, Ramos said she “deeply” hopes that the country experiences “really democratic, open elections with all the candidates that people want to vote for and that includes Lula,” in reference to former president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva.

“History keeps repeating itself,” said Ramos in reference to the part of the film that points out that nine months after Rousseff was ousted as president, Senate-imposed president, Michel Temer, was accused of corruption by the attorney general, according to Reuters.

“It’s impossible when you have a coup d‘etat, a parliamentary coup ... to believe” that such a dramatic rupture “hasn’t affected democracy at all,” she said, expressing hope that her film would allow all Brazilian to relive those events in a less emotional way.

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