Nilo Couret interviews Brazilian documentary filmmaker Maria Augusta Ramos. Her recent documentary, O Processo (The Trial, 2018), chronicles the “parliamentary coup” against Dilma Rousseff, delving into the impeachment process and the former president's trial in the Senate. In O Processo, Ramos engages with enduring themes and subjects from her twenty-year career, particularly her well-known Justice Trilogy, which examined the Brazilian criminal justice system. For Ramos, documentary shares an affinity with forensic discourse when its purpose is truth-telling in the service of justice. Rousseff's trial and impeachment, however, find the filmmaker probing how justice has been sundered from the truth in a contemporary moment when corruption scandals and fake news compromise our democratic institutions. Her films combine an observational approach with institutional analyses in order to reveal the workings of power behind the surfaces of everyday life.
Due Process: A Conversation with Maria Augusta Ramos
Nilo Couret is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. His book, Mock Classicism: Latin American Film Comedy, 1930–1960 (University of California Press, 2018), traces the popularity and cultural significance of film comedies from the transition to sound through the industrial studio period. His articles have appeared in several edited anthologies and peer-reviewed journals. He is the book reviews coeditor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.
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Nilo Couret; Due Process: A Conversation with Maria Augusta Ramos. Film Quarterly 1 March 2019; 72 (3): 52–58. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.72.3.52
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