The telenovela Segundo Sol has an almost entirely white cast despite being set in a place where 80% are black or mixed race
Brazils latest hit TV show fulfils many of the elements you might expect in a telenovela: family feuds, romance, betrayal and beachside locations.
But critics say something is still missing.
Despite being set in Brazils blackest state, Segundo Sol, or Second Sun, has a cast which is almost entirely white. The show has reignited a longstanding debate about race and representation on Brazilian television and prompted action from the countrys Labour Prosecution Service.
Segundo Sol, which premiered this week on Brazils dominant O Globo TV network, tells the fictional tale of a decadent musician who when mistakenly thought dead in a plane crash goes into hiding so his indebted family can cash in on his posthumous success.
The story takes place in in Bahia state, where nearly 80% of the population identifies as black or mixed race according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics.
Yet just three of the shows 27 actors are black; none of them play a main character and none appeared in the first episode.
What persists very strongly in the minds of the producers and directors is the idea that the black and Afro-descendant population is the minority: the whitening ideology continues, said Joel Zito Arajo, author of the book and documentary The Denial of Brazil Blacks in the history of Brazilian Telenovelas.
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