Film Screening: “The Trial (O Processo)” Followed by a talk with director Maria Ramos

4:00 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018
7:30 pm on Friday, October 12, 2018
B19 - 745 Commonwealth Avenue
Contact Organization:
Center for Latin American Studies
Contact Name:
Rodrigo Lopes de Barros
Maria Augusta Ramos
"The Trial is a documentary film about the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s first female President. The film portrays the “judicial political” trial first at the House of Representatives and, then, in the Senate focusing on the President’s Defence Team: her lawyer and a group of senators who struggle to prove the President’s innocence against a majority vote by a Congress riddled with corruption. A tale of betrayal and farce, the film presents Rousseff’s personal story: herself imprisoned and tortured by the country’s former military dictatorship, she now faces impeachment accused of fiscal crimes and corruption charges. Rousseff declares herself innocent and accuses the right-wing opposition of perpetrating a Parliamentary Coup d’état. The principal architect of the impeachment is Vice-President Michel Temer, one of her former allies" (more at "Maria Ramos is a prize winning Brazilian/Dutch documentary maker. She was born in Brasília, Brazil in 1964 and graduated in documentary film at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam. In 2013, the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights awarded Maria Ramos the MAREK NOWICKI PRIZE for her body of work and excellent achievement in showing human rights in film. Her recent film THE TRIAL / O PROCESSO (2018) was premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in the Panorama section where it was awarded third prize in the Audience Award. The film was also awarded the GRAND PRIX (Best film) at Festival “Visions du Reel” 2018, Switzerland; BEST FILM by the jury of the ‘Silvestre’ section and the AUDIENCE AWARD at the Int. Film Festival Indie Lisboa, Portugal and BEST FEATURE DOC at Documenta Madrid."