Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Grostein Andrade, an activist for social justice and LGBTQ in his native country, has made a documentary breaking mythsattacking the policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
The film will be released online on September 16 and Andrade hopes to influence the next elections in the South American country, which will be held on October 2.
Andrade is based in California and says he cannot return to Brazil, after receiving death threats and harassment on social media for speaking out publicly against the president and his actions on LGBTQ rights, the Amazon rainforest and other issues. Andrade believes his film could be instrumental in calling out Bolsonaro, whom he calls “Brazil’s Trump,” if re-elected.
Andrade previously drew worldwide attention with his documentary breaking the taboo, a film that explores alternative solutions to the war on drugs, approaching it as a health problem. The documentary, which included interviews with heads of state such as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, was distributed in 22 countries and eventually became a 20-part Brazilian television series.
This is not the first time that the Brazilian prime minister has come into conflict with filmmakers. He sarcastically responded in April this year after Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio used social media to urge young people in the South American country to vote in the upcoming elections.
The Oscar-winning eco-champion wrote on Twitter:
“Brazil is home to the Amazon and other critical ecosystems for climate change. What happens there matters to all of us and the vote of young people is key to driving change for a healthy planet.”
Bolsonaro, who has sparked international controversy with his policies, including reducing environmental protections for the Amazon rainforest, responded sarcastically:
“Thank you for your support Leo! It is very important that all Brazilians vote in the next elections. Our people will decide if they want to maintain our sovereignty over the Amazon or be ruled by thieves serving foreign special interests.”