Show Notes

Democracy is under worldwide threat, from dictators, would-be dictators and those followers who seek power at the expense of liberty. In this week?s episode, we discuss two recent documentaries about this very trend. First, with guest host Mirella Martinelli ??a Brazilian filmmaker living in Florida ??we review Petra Costa?s Oscar-nominated The Edge of Democracy, which tells the disturbing tale of Brazil?s takeover by right-wing forces. After that, Bart and Chris interview prolific documentarian Alex Gibney on his latest movie, Citizen K, about formerly imprisoned, and now exiled, Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. These are scary times. Be afraid, be very afraid!*

Group Review Documentary:

THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY (Petra Costa, 2019)

Now playing on Netflix

Film Featured in Interview Portion:

CITIZEN K(Alex Gibney, 2019)

Now playing in theaters

Other Films Mentioned:

Links to reviews by Christopher Llewellyn Reed:


  • 00:38 ? Intro
  • 03:37 ? Group Discussion of THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY
  • 16:11 ? Bart and Chris interview Alex Gibney of CITIZEN K
  • 40:43?? ? Doc Talk



Artwork by Hilary Campbell

Intro music by Jeremiah Moore

Transitional music by BELLS (thanks to Christopher Ernst)

Editing and shownotes by Christopher Llewellyn Reed


*A quote from the ad campaign for David Cronenberg?s 1986 The Fly, which we reference within the episode.