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Located in Brasilia, the nation’s capital, and designed by the famous architect Oscar Niemeyer, the Palácio da Alvorada (Dawn Palace) is the official residence of the president of Brazil. Workers Party member Dilma Rousseff was the president of Brazil from 2011 until 2016. Alvorada Palace follows Rousseff and her closest members of staff over the days that lead up to the impeachment trial that resulted in her downfall. Rousseff’s sharp mind, her strength, and her charisma radiate within this magnificent environment, but she is aware of the image she wants to convey, and sometimes she does not want to be filmed. Thanks to the efforts of filmmakers Muylaert and Politi, we are granted remarkable access to an important and dramatic piece of contemporary Brazilian history from an insider’s perspective, able to hear Rousseff talk candidly about politics, history, literature, and the impeachment process that her opposition are orchestrating against her.
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