Secret Friend

  • Sundance
  • Rotterdam
  • HotDocs
  • CPH:DOX

A reappraisal of what used to be Brazil’s most successful anti-corruption trial - and what turned out to be a corrupt lawfare against ex-president Lula da Silva.

Year

2022

Length

87 min

Director

Maria Augusta Ramos

Synopsis

In her film “Amigo Secreto”, Brazilian director Maria Ramos meticulously reconstructs, based on the research of three journalists, how the Brazilian anti-corruption trial “Lava Jato” (2014-2021) was deliberately launched in order to eliminate political opponents; how judge Sergio Moro transformed an anti-corruption trial into an instrument of ideological persecution and helped the extreme right and thus Jair Bolsonaro to power. And how the leftist former president Lula da Silva was systematically discredited by “Lava Jato” and barred from re-election in 2018.

Written & directed by
Maria Augusta Ramos

Edited by
Karen Akerman, João Pedro Diaz, Eva Randolph

Creative Producer
Caroline Schaper

Produced by
Christian Beetz, Maria Augusta Ramos, Ilja Roomans, José Buarque Ferreira, Felipe Lopes, Silvia Cruz

Commissioning editor ZDF/arte
Martin Pieper

A production of gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Nofoco Filmes und Docmakers
In co-production with Vitrine Filmes and ZDF
In association with ARTE

Supported by IREE, Grupo Prerrogativas, FENAE, TVT, The Netherlands Film Fund and The Netherlands Film Production Incentive.

The Cleaners
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Trailer
  • „Just in diesem Moment überraschen uns die aus dem Theaterbereich stammenden jungen Regisseure Hans Block und Moritz Riesewieck mit einem erstaunlichen Dokumentarfilm, der seit Monaten Publikum und Kritik auf den wichtigsten Festivals der Welt elektrisiert. Völlig zu Recht: Es ist, als würden einem die Scheuklappen weggerissen, als sähe man das, was sich seit Jahren direkt vor unseren Augen abspielt, zum ersten Mal unverschleiert... eine fesselnde ,Doku noir' mit höchstem Anspruch...Dieser Film müsste an allen Schulen gezeigt werden.“
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
    17.05.2018

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