Based on the book of the same name by constituent federal deputy Hermes Zaneti and directed by filmmaker Luiz Alberto Cassol, the documentary “O Complô”, released in Brazil in early March 2023, was awarded at the Twilight Tokyo Film festival. The production took the awards for Best Documentary and Best Screenplay at the exhibition that selects international cinematographic works, in the capital of Japan.
The film presents the backstage of federal public debt management, with a historical rescue of the theme since the National Constituent Assembly, and its impacts on the daily life of the Brazilian population. The production also makes a critical analysis of topics such as rent-seeking, Central Bank autonomy, privatization of public companies, social security reform and labor reform.
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Produced by Filmes de Junho, from Rio Grande do Sul, associated with Abravídio, from the Federal District, the short film features narration by actress Manuela do Monte and performance by Hermes Zaneti himself. The film’s award-winning script was written by Luiz Alberto Cassol in partnership with Luciano Ribas and consultancy by Gilberto Perin and adapted from the work of Hermes Zaneti.
“It is fundamental to understand how the financial system and the public debt work and how rentism suffocates society in all areas. The film raises all these questions and seeks a direct dialogue with those who watch it”, declares Cassol. “This award at the first festival boosts the film’s career and demonstrates all its relevance and Zaneti’s struggle”, adds the director.
According to Zaneti’s assessment, everyone involved in this denunciation has a lot of courage. “Our hope is that the film’s message will be taken to the Brazilian people, and that this will help us to free Brazil from the rentier system to which we are slaves”, she says.
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The 24-minute documentary was made possible with resources from the union of unions and organized social movement entities and individuals, based on a collective funding campaign. They have accessibility resources such as Audiodescription, LIBRAS and Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (LSE).
Synopsis: Perhaps you have never asked yourself about rentism, the interest paid to the financial market or where public debts came from in Brazil. Nor why they were made, how they were negotiated, who defined the conditions and, mainly, who profited and still profits when these debts are paid. The Plot is based on the homonymous book by Hermes Zaneti.
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Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Editing: Marcelo Ferreira
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