Sieged: The Press vs. Denialism

(Cercados: Naimprensa contra o negacionismo na pandemia)
Caio Cavechini | Documentary

2020 | 116 minutes | Brazil

Leading through a pandemic with denialism and propaganda, Bolsonaro took his country to the edge of disaster while journalists warned the country of a public health disaster.


Brazil reaches 100,000 deaths, but many people - including the highest authority in the country - blame the media for "increasing the crisis". While President Jair Bolsonaro spreads denialist material and misinformation, local journalists face the double challenge of not only covering the pandemic but also the country’s political turmoil. This documentary shows both sides of the tragedy in Brazil by following political reporters who confront the president and freelance photographers and video makers on the front lines of the coronavirus fight. In a rare behind-the-scenes look, the film also shows an insider’s view of how the country’s most-watched national news program dealt with Bolsonaro’s incitements and indifference towards the tragedy

Main credits

Cavechini, Caio (film director)
Cavechini, Caio (screenwriter)
Scardovelli, Eliane (screenwriter)
Coelho, Larissa (film producer)
Picarelli, Henrique (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, João Rocha [and 3 others]; editing, Caio Cavechini, Eliane Scardovelli, João Rocha.

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Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

DIRECTOR: Caio Cavechini


YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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