Media in Brazil

Hello everyone,

Being an expatriate in Brazil is a golden opportunity to discover another culture and explore new perspectives. Each country has a unique radio and TV heritage and we would like to hear your opinion about it !

1. What was the film of the year 2019 for you in Brazil?
2. Which local TV show is the most popular in Brazil?
3. Which radio station is the most popular?
4. Which TV host has the best opinion?
5. Finally, what is your favorite radio or TV show? Why?

Thank you so much for your answers and see you soon !

Diksha

Women especially love soap operas. They stop what they´re doing just to watch. They also like Faustão ( music, dance) or Ratinho for news, humor, interviews, music with participation of the public.

Brazilian men like soccer (futebol) matches on TV and Jornal Nacional (news).

I only watch Jornal Nacional.

robal

OK - on media & culture......

1. What was the film of the year 2019 for you in Brazil?
"Bacurau," hands down was the best film I saw this year and I don't get to see too many Brazilian films because where I live the options are limited to those horrible films that have little intellectual or even entertainment value at all. I REALLY would have liked to see "Marighella" but somehow this important film on Brazilian history was only available outside of Brazil (hoping for it in 2020). "O juizo" was overrated, even though I do like Fernanda Montenegro, but it was "OK."

2. Which local TV show is the most popular in Brazil?
Locally we have limited TV possibilities and I guess my only suggestion (locally) is the TV Paraiba news.

3. Which radio station is the most popular?
Nationally (probably not popularly) there's CBN (Central Brasileira de Notícias) where one can get somewhat limited 24 hour news. I tend to use mostly alternative news sources when I want to know what is really going on. There are many and they are easy to find. I find myself listening mostly to Radio MEC (Música, Educação e Cultura and broadcasting since 1923 from Rio) and which I get quite easily over TuneIn Radio.

4. Which TV host has the best opinion?
"Best?" If I'm looking for the nitty-gritty on news and opinion on the Brazilian reality, again I go to the alternative outlets because the main national media enterprises are horribly politicized.

5. Finally, what is your favorite radio or TV show? Why?
Globo Rural has been my favorite TV show since I started viewing it in the 1980s as it is a mix of rural agro-info and culture.

Most importantly, I really detest Brazilian soaps, even the "good ones" because they are mostly banal works that create a false reality about the Brazil that I know.

But there are good things produced for TV. Some of my fav examples:
"O Auto da Compadecida," 1999, Ariano Suassuna (a miniseries - if you haven't read works by Suassuna [most all untranslated] by Suassuna please do as they are marvelous)
"Hoje É Dia de Maria," 2005, by (based on) Luís da Câmara Cascudo, Mario de Andrade Silvio Romero (a miniseries taht is simply magical)
"A grande família," 2001-2014, with Pedro Cardoso, (a 14 season sitcom about Brazilian middle-class in Rio)

And there are now some interesting pieces appearing on the Brazilian Netflix channel. I just watched "3%" a dystopian 3-season series about a [falsified] meritocratic future society. Also "Irmandade" (with Seu Jorge) takes a look at a nasty prison society which is pretty close to the real thing that exists here. "Democracia em vertigam," also nominated for the 2020 Oscars is a look at our current political situation - I think it could have been better but it is something given the otherwise scarcity of critical coverage.

I challenge all expats to get out and "know" the real Brazil, the Brazil that exists outside of the tourist packaged world that commerce wants you to buy in to. Brazil is so much more than what most have come to know. On the "nature" side of Brazilian "media & culture" you have to dig in and search for it but when you find it you'll be thrilled to know of the places you can visit (national/state parks) and the experiences in the natural and rural parts of Brazil that aren't so well known.

Matthew (Mateus)

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