‘Invisible Life’: Director of Brazilian Oscar Submission Lashes Out at ‘Fascist’ Government

‘Invisible Life’: Director of Brazilian Oscar Submission Lashes Out at ‘Fascist’ Government
It’s no secret that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has enraged much of the country’s population and the world at large. Since his election in January, the far-right leader and former army officer has attempted to censor the media, expanded laws protecting police offers and soldiers who kill on duty, and denied the devastating impact of wildfires destroying Brazil’s rain forests. He has flouted his authority in a reckless fashion and lashed out at anyone remotely critical of his policies.

Less attention has been paid to Bolsonaro’s current war against the country’s film industry. Bolsonaro made huge cuts to the arts early in the year, but also made some explicit threats to support for filmmakers. Over the summer, the president delivered a speech including the casual proposal to eliminate Ancine, the country’s central regulatory agency that finances Brazil’s film industry. While such a radical
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