The Boys from Brazil

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Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Nina Sosanya, published by BBC in 2022 - English narration

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The remarkable rise of one of the world's most controversial leaders, Jair Bolsonaro, from obscurity to the presidency of Brazil.

[edit] From Poverty

Tells the story of Bolsonaro's remarkable rise from relative poverty and obscurity to becoming a candidate to be president of Brazil in 2018. It explores how a cocktail of controversy and shock, combined with the growing power of television, turned a fringe politician, famous for little more than his offensive views, into a serious contender to lead the most powerful country in Latin America. With his sons at his side, Bolsonaro led an extraordinary political insurgency that showed once again, the growing appeal of right-wing populism around the world. The son of an 'amateur dentist', Bolsonaro grew up in relative poverty in the town of Eldorado – a rural backwater south of São Paulo – during the years of Brazil's military dictatorship. On leaving school, he entered the elite military academy in Rio de Janeiro where he trained as a parachutist and rose to the rank of captain. During his time in the army, Bolsonaro seemingly absorbed the values that would stay with him throughout his life: his hatred of communism, a respect for force, and a disdain for democracy. Even though the military regime murdered and tortured its political opponents, for Bolsonaro, this was a golden age: in his mind, it was a time when the country repelled the threat of communism, the streets were safe, and the economy was booming. In 1978, Bolsonaro married his first wife: Rogéria Nantes Braga, with whom he had three children: Flávio, Carlos and Eduardo. Always at his side, they would become key to his political rise. During his 15 years in the army, Bolsonaro gained a reputation as a rabble-rouser. Following a campaign for higher salaries for soldiers, he was forced to leave the army and decided on a career in politics, first as a local councillor in Rio, and two years later, as a deputy for Brazil's national Congress. Bolsonaro would serve an incredible seven terms, but he was never taken seriously by most other politicians. While most of Brazil embraced the return to democracy in 1985, Bolsonaro attacked it and defended the record of the past military regime. His staunch support for the dictatorship gained him a reputation as a one issue politician and a bit of joke among his political opponents in Congress. Spending most of his time away in Rio, Bolsonaro's political career eventually took a toll on his marriage. He had an affair with a congressional assistant, Ana Cristina and had a child with her. Rogéria subsequently filed for a divorce. The election of the socialist President Lula da Silva in 2002 would transform Brazil. A leftist former trade unionist, Lula embarked on social programmes that lifted millions of people out of poverty and championed liberal causes such as gay rights and the protection of the Amazon and its indigenous population. For Bolsonaro, it was a betrayal of everything he stood for. Lula's espousal of liberal causes, particularly his support of LGBT rights, gave Bolsonaro a political opportunity to widen his base. Entranced by Lula's success, few politicians openly espoused the views of the millions of conservative Brazilian voters who were horrified by Lula's liberal reforms, with one exception: Jair Bolsonaro. Using television as his principal medium, Bolsonaro became the voice of socially conservative Brazil. His increasingly offensive and controversial statements on gay and gender rights, crime, and democracy turned him into a favourite of TV talk shows looking for controversy and allowed him to start building a more national profile. Yet, while Bolsonaro was now the voice of the traditional family, his own family life was anything but conventional. He left his second wife and married his third, Michelle, also a young Congressional assistant. She would become a key electoral asset in later years. In 2014, Brazil was rocked by the biggest corruption scandal in Latin American history. Known as the Carwash, it led to hundreds of politicians and officials being investigated for bribery as part of a mass kickback scheme for public works contracts. Bolsonaro was one of the few politicians not implicated in the scandal. He became a vocal critic of what were seen as the corrupt elites who had dominated Brazilian politics since the restoration of democracy. A Brazil increasingly angry with the corruption of established politicians and their political parties began to turn to the lifelong outsider, Bolsonaro, as an alternative. In 2016, Bolsonaro announced he would run for the Presidency of Brazil in 2018. He had come a long way. Yet most people's reaction to his candidacy was one of laughter: It seemed implausible, even to his most ardent supporters, that he had any chance of victory.

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Tells the story of Bolsonaro’s extraordinary electoral campaign from the fringes of Brazilian politics to the presidency of Brazil. It is a story that shows the remarkable power of social media in transforming the political fortunes of a candidate no-one believed had any chance of victory. When Bolsonaro announced his candidacy in 2016, few thought he would even come close. The political establishment treated him as a joke, while early polls gave him just 4.5% support. The situation was made difficult for him by the fact that the frontrunner was former president Lula da Silva, the most popular president in Brazilian history and a titan of Brazilian politics. But with his three sons at his side, Bolsonaro embarked on one of the most brilliant electoral campaigns in modern political history.

[edit] To President

The effect of Jair Balsonaro's time as president of Brazil since his inauguration in January 2019, a period that has had a profound effect on the country and the rest of the world. An early decree introduced a radical liberalisation of gun laws, and he also signalled that he would continue the homophobic rhetoric that had proved so electorally successful. He then turned to the development and exploitation of the Amazon, slashing the budgets of environmental and indigenous protection agencies.

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  • Video Codec: x265 CABAC Main@L4
  • Video Bitrate: CRF 21 (~2302Kbps)
  • Video Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Frame Rate: 25 FPS
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC
  • Audio Bitrate: 128Kbps CVBR 48KHz (202Kbps peak)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 59 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 3
  • Part Size: 1GB (average)
  • Source: HDTV
  • Encoded by: JungleBoy

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