América (Brazilian TV series)
América is a Brazilian telenovela that was originally broadcast in 2005 by Rede Globo. The telenovela focused on the life of an illegal immigrant to the United States and the lives of those she left behind in Brazil. It stars Deborah Secco and Murilo Benício. It was written by Glória Perez and directed by Jayme Monjardim and Marcos Schechtman.
|Genre||Drama, romance, telenovela|
|Created by||Glória Perez|
|Directed by||Jayme Monjardim|
|Country of origin||Brazil|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||203|
|Production location(s)||Rio de Janeiro, Barretos, Brazil|
Miami, Florida, USA
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original network||Rede Globo|
|Original release||14 March –|
4 November 2005
|Preceded by||Senhora do Destino|
In 2009, Telemundo began airing a Spanish-dubbed version of this series and ran for approximately one year. . The network aired the series from Monday to Friday in the daytime. Unlike most of its soap operas, the network didn't broadcast English subtitles as closed captions on CC3.
Sol and Tião are born to different social backgrounds—she to a poor suburban family in Rio, and him to an even poorer family who raised cattle in West São Paulo State. They eventually meet, due to unlikely circumstances, but part again, as she has set as her ultimate priority to reach the United States or bust. While she comes to the U.S. to live as an illegal immigrant, he remains in Brazil and, despite many trials and tribulations, he becomes a successful rodeo cowboy.
América has several secondary plots about a variety of compelling characters. These, for the most part, take place in four locales: Vila Isabel, a middle-class neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro; Boiadeiros, a fictional town in West São Paulo State; the home of a rich family in Rio; and Miami. Various characters from each subplots often meet each other due to character linkages within the story.
The main subplots were:
- A love triangle involving Feitosa, a man who worked with pets, his girlfriend Islene (who happened to have a blind daughter from a previous relationship) and Creusa (a virginal woman who turned out to be too lustful).
- The problems and achievements of a blind man, Jatobá, trying to live with his disability in a country with no infrastructure for the visually impaired. He is engaged to a non-blind woman.
- The mischievous Alex and Djanira, smugglers and "coyotes".
- The love life of Glauco, a 50-year-old businessman married to a kleptomaniac woman that strives for a divorce in order to marry her lover (but he later leaves both for a 19-year-old girl).
- The complicated relationship between a middle-class American professor, Edward Talbot, and his rich girlfriend, May, who does social work at a ghetto school in Miami. Due to fan demand, the author of the soap opera changed its ending so Edward ends up marrying the main character, Sol.
- The lives of several illegal immigrants living in a boarding house in Miami kept by a Mexican woman, with Brazilian roots, named Consuelo.
- The thriving Brazil rodeo culture. Rodeo is a traditional sport in many countries in the Americas, with influences from the history of Mexican and Brazilian vaqueros or vaqueiros (cowboys) and American cowboys.
|Deborah Secco||Marisol de Oliveira "Sol"|
|Murilo Benício||Sebastião da Silva Higino "Tião"|
|Caco Ciocler||Edward Talbot "Ed"|
|Gabriela Duarte||Simone Garcia Menezes Higino|
|Camila Morgado||Miss May|
|Thiago Lacerda||Alexander Camargo "Alex"|
|Eliane Giardini||Viúva Neuta|
|Edson Celulari||Glauco Simões Lopes Prado|
|Christiane Torloni||Haydée Pamplona Lopes Prado|
|Marcelo Novaes||Genivaldo da Silva Higino|
|Roberto Bomfim||Jota Abdalla|
|Lúcia Veríssimo||Gil Madureira|
|Cláudia Jimenez||Consuelo Torres Serrano|
|Paulo Goulart||Mariano de Oliveira|
|Jandira Martini||Odaleia de Oliveira|
|Nívea Maria||Maria José Higino|
|Francisco Cuoco||José da Silva Higino|
|Betty Faria||Djanira Pimenta|
|Humberto Martins||Laerte Villa Nova|
|Daniela Escobar||Irene Villa Nova|
|Cléo Pires||Lurdes Tupã do Nascimento "Lurdinha"|
|Bruno Gagliasso||Roberto Sinval Villa Nova Júnior|
|Totia Meireles||Vera Tupã do Nascimento|
|Marcos Frota||Pedro Jatobá|
|Chico Diaz||Acácio da Silva Higino|
|Regina Maria Dourado||Graça|
|Neuza Borges||Diva Feitosa|
|Eva Todor||Miss Jane|
|Sílvia Buarque||Maria Elis|
|José Dumont||Carlos Manuel de Andrade "Bóia"|
|Samara Felippo||Maria Odete "Detinha"|
|Marisol Ribeiro||Kerry Villa Nova|
|Fernanda Paes Leme||Rosário|
|Camila Rodrigues||Mariana de Oliveira|
|Christiana Kalache||Maria Isabel "Bebela"|
|Duda Nagle||Radar Tupã do Nascimento|
|Luíza Valdetaro||Manuela "Manu"|
|Bruna Marquezine||Maria Flor|
|Maria Mariana Azevedo||Sol (child)|
|Brunno Abrahão||Tião (child)|
Unlike most Brazilian soap operas, América featured different styles of music for each milieu. Vila Isabel had only traditional samba, other parts of Rio de Janeiro included Brazilian pop and funk, São Paulo was scored with Brazilian country music and Miami, with a mix of American pop and Latin music.
The songs used in América are:
- Disco 1
01. "Soy Loco por Ti América" - Ivete Sangalo
02. "Até Pensei" - Nana Caymmi
03. "A Volta" - Roberto Carlos
04. "Pra Rua Me Levar" - Ana Carolina
05. "Feitiço da Vila" - Martinho da Vila
06. "Nervos de Aço" - Leonardo
07. "Mágoa de Boiadeiro" - Lourenço & Lourival
08. "Os Amantes" - Daniel
09. "Girassóis Azuis II" - George Israel
10. "Vida de Viajante" - Lenine
11. "She's a Carioca (Ela é Carioca)" - Celso Fonseca
12. "Você" - Marina Elali
13. "Um Matuto em New York" - Roberto Trevisan
14. "Sinfonia dos Sonhos" - Marcus Viana
15. "Órfãos do Paraíso" - Milton Nascimento
16. "Eu Sei que Vou te Amar" - Caetano Veloso
- Disco 2
1. "Regresa a mi" - Il Divo
4. "Abrazame Así" - Tamara
5. "Amore e Música" - Russell Watson
8. "A Horse with no Name" - America
11. "Por un Beso" - Gloria Estefan
12. "Cancion Mixteca" - Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
14. "Wind Shaking the Trees" - Darwing James Band
15. "Long Long Away" - Jesse Johnson
17. "Can't Get Over" - Kasino
18. "Breath" - O2
19. "Little Girl" - Lucas Babin
Gay kiss deleted scene
While being cited as a pop culture phenomenon previously, the soap opera received greater exposure in the media after a long-running (2005) storyline between two gay characters included a scene in which they share a kiss. The scene was scheduled to be air in the final episode, which created much anticipation from the gay community in Brazil. However, Rede Globo, the soap opera's production company, elected not to run the scene, much to the surprise of the writers, fans and actors involved. The event led to a number of protests for equal rights, condemning Globo for their actions.
Criticism of the positive portrayal of rodeo
Brazilian animal rights organizations criticized the telenovela because rodeo was favorably exposed in the story. Several non-large-scale protests happened in several cities and activists tried to exhort a nationwide boycott campaign against the series. Coincidentally, the series faced a decline of its audience , though that was not attributed to a boycott eventually.
- "'América' termina sem beijo gay e com protagonistas separados". Diário OnLine. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)