Magazine article Screen International

The Day That Lasted 21 Years

Magazine article Screen International

The Day That Lasted 21 Years

Article excerpt

Dir/scr: Camilo Tavares. Brazil. 2012. 77mins

A fascinating delve into American governmental and CIA plans to disrupt the democratic leaders of Brazil, which eventually would lead lead to the 1964 coup d'état, The Day That Lasted 21 Years (O Dia Que Durou 21 Anos) offers a gripping insight into political machinations.

Fleshed out with archival footage and interviews with historians, politicians and academics the film details in chronological order of events.

While modest in shape and structure, Camilo Taveres' absorbing film has the elements of a spy novel and it details how American government paranoia about socialist politics in the South American region - sparked by Cuba and propelled by Brazilian elected president João Goulart's links with China and left-wing stance - led to active plans to destructure Brazil.

Originated by John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson the plans to overthrow the Brazilian government and support a military leader are fleshed out in original White House tapes and CIA Top Secret documents.

Fleshed out with archival footage and interviews with historians, politicians and academics the film details in chronological order of events. US involvement as based on advice from the American ambassador to Brazil at the time Lincoln Gordon as well as the military attaché Col. …

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