Lado a Lado: The story of two women,one a descendant of slaves and the other from an aristocratic family, who become friends in Rio de Janeiro.
Set in Rio de Janeiro, right at the start of the 20th century, a few years after slavery was abolished in Brazil, Lado a Lado tells the story of a friendship between two women: Laura , a white girl, daughter of a baroness, and Isabel, a descendant of slaves. Despite being from different social classes, the two develop a solid friendship. Laura and Isabel fall in love with two young idealists, Edgar and Zé Maria. Amid the early Republic comes the emergence of samba, the arrival of soccer in Brazil, the end of the tenements, and the beginning of the slums (favelas) in Rio, as the two girls imagine a future of equality between men and women, and between black and white people. Of course, their dream isn’t necessarily shared by everyone around them.
The series, which has drawn some controversy of its own, has been the recipient of numerous other awards since its debut. Catch Lado a Lado, Mon – Fri at 9:50 pm on Classic TV, Channel 8.