The Day That Lasted 21 YearsO Dia Que Durou 21 Anos

Winner Best Foreign Documentary, 2013, St Tropez International Film Festival
Special Jury Award, 2013, 22° Arizona International Film Festival
Long Island Special Jury Award, 2013, 29° Long Island Film Festival


In 1969 the US embassador to Brazil was exchanged for 15 political prisoners.  Years later, Camilo Tavares, the son of one of those prisoners – born exile – delves into the reasons of why Brazil suspended democracy for 21 years.

Sifting through a wealth of interviews, declassified documents, and audiotapes from The White House, U.S. Department of State and the CIA, helmer Camilo Tavares delivers a damning, unassailable assessment of JFK’s bullying policy of communist containment which overthrew the popularly elected Brazilian President Joao Goulart, and with him Brazil’s democratic institutions. The result was 21 years of brutal dictatorship. In the name of ‘Freedom’ and ‘Democracy’, the Brazilian military regime controlled, tortured and imprisoned thousands of citizens from 1964 to 1985 – one of the longest dictatorships in Latin America.

Preceded by NZ short film, Milk & Honey


2012 |14 mins | Directed by Marina Alofagia McCartneyonie
This brief drama recalls the 1970s notorious dawn raids on the homes of alleged Pasifika overstayers, deporting many within a few days.


“A fascinating delve into American governmental and CIA plans to disrupt the democratic leaders of Brazil, which would eventually lead to the 1964 coup d’état” – Mark Adams, Screendaily

DIRECTOR: Heitor Dhalia
EDITORS: Márcio Hashimoto Soares
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Lito Mendes da Rocha
MUSIC: Antonio Pinto
PRODUCTION: Tatiana Quintella, Heitor Dhalia, Wagner Moura


Fri 25 April 2.15pm
Mon 28 April 8.15pm
Sun 4 May 12.45pm

Fri 9 May 2.00pm
Mon 12 May 6.15pm
Thu 15 May 8.15pm

Fri 23 May 2.30pm
Sun 25 May 1.00pm