H/T to the Black Women of Brazil blog for alerting me to this…
From writer Paulo Lins, who wrote the novel that the 2002 acclaimed (and everybody’s favorite) film, Cidade de Deus (City Of God), was based on, comes a new Brazilian TV series titled Subúrbia, which follows the life of Conceição, a poor young woman who leaves her home in Minas Gerais (a Brazilian state) in search of a new life in Rio de Janeiro. She arrives in Rio and is taken in by a loving suburban family, falls for Cleiton, and gets caught up in the youthful party scene.
Here’s how Paulo Lins describes the upcoming new series:
“It is a drama of love and social too. (It’s) an old project of Luiz Fernando Carvalho that he invited me to participate in. We write everything in prose, a novel, and then we write the script. The series is a victory in an unequal and racist country like Brazil. We will show that through culture, family, religion and especially love, it’s possible to overcome barriers.”
The new series will debut on Globo TV in Brazil, on November 1st, under Luiz Fernando Carvalho’s (primarily a TV director in Brazil) direction.
Those outside of the country still might be able to check it out, since Globo operates satellite television channels around the world, including in the Americas, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Japan.
In the USA, where I am, Globo is available nationwide via Dish Network, and DirecTV. Also, various cable operators like Time Warner Cable in New York, Comcast in Miami, and others, also carry the channel.
But wherever you are, check your satellite TV provider, assuming you’re a subscriber.
Although I won’t be surprised if the series ends up on YouTube eventually.
Watch the 3 1/2-minute preview of the series below (it’s not subtitled, but the images tell some of the story). I’d say that I like the look of this, and not for the reasons you might think when you watch the preview – at least, not only for that reason; but it looks very-well put together, vibrant, showcasing the lives of Afro-Brazilians (something we don’t get to see very often here in the USA), coming from the same guy who wrote City Of God, etc. So, at the very least, I’m curious to see the entire series: