Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sexto Sentido: Telenovela Nicaraguense

Guión: Germán Pomares Herrera
Decepcionado del alcoholismo de su padre, Eddy busca empleo en la capital sin resultados alentadores. Mientras tanto, Alejandra hace todos los procedimientos requeridos para regresar a la universidad después de un tiempo de ausencia, pero su mamá no se lo permite y eso la frustra mucho. Por otro lado Sofía logra conseguir un puesto de pasante en la Procuraduría de Derechos Humanos de la Niñez y la Adolescencia, para realizar sus prácticas profesionales en Derecho. Al mismo tiempo, recibe la visita inesperada de su novio quien la sorprende con una propuesta de matrimonio. Sofía todavía impresionada y sin dimensionar la propuesta, acepta. Ángel termina la relación con su novio Gonzalo. Él no es el único triste, Elena se encuentra igual pero por los pleitos que hay en su casa, provocados por la actitud violenta de su padre.
Self-dubbed a "social soap opera" by its makers, Sexto Sentido targets Nicaraguans ages 13-24 with a universal youth rallying cry: Take control of your life. This means breaking taboos, questioning stereotypes, communicating, seeking support networks and problem solving individually and collectively - all of which the show does and encourages its viewers to do by addressing such complex issues as sexual orientation, rape, abortion and domestic violence in the context of a predominantly Catholic country that is the second poorest in the hemisphere, according to Amy Bank, the show's co-creator and story and script editor.

One episode plus excerpts of several other episodes of Nicaragua's own local No. 1 hit dramatic TV series, are accompanied by Novela, Novela, a 30-minute documentary about the making of Sexto Sentido: and how such a groundbreaking series made it to the air in a country with an almost non-existent TV industry. The market in Nicaragua is so miniscule that no commercial producer would ever consider attempting a program like Sexto Sentido. The documentary also focuses how the program has evolved, and how Nicaraguan audiences have responded to its often controversial content.

"For most Nicaraguans, television is their main window to the world," Bank explained. "This is especially true for poor, young people with limited mobility and access to other types of information. Sexto Sentido is the only Nicaraguan-produced series of this type on the air, not only making it, for many adolescents, the sole source of information about these themes from a Nicaraguan point of view, but also promoting a sense of identification with the characters and their situations."

Bank joins Nicaraguan Virginia Lacayo, the show's 28-year-old co-executive producer, in creating a weekly, half-hour-long Latin soap that "follows the daily lives of a group of teens and young adults as they confront complex situations in a realistic, entertaining and touching manner." The two women are co-directors of Puntos de Encuentro, a feminist, non-profit organization based in Nicaragua that works for people-centered sustainable development based on the principles of diversity with equal rights and opportunities. They structured their series with, as Bank puts it, "long, narrative arcs to allow complex and multi-dimensional themes to be explored over time, without having to use up' any one theme in a single episode."

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