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Award-Winning Telenovela

26 May 2015
side by side

Our mothers made us watch them. At least, that's how it started before you were in front of the television waiting for your novela to start. I remember literally feeling stressed in high school when the protagonist of my novella was losing her man to her evil rival.

When it comes down to the basics, there’s nothing like an over dramatic telenovela television show to get your nerves all worked up, and Lado a Lado (Side By Side) soon to premiere on Maisha Magic East, might just be the one.

Side By Side is a story of two women - one a descendant of slaves and the other from an aristocratic family - who become friends in Rio de Janeiro at the beginning of the 20th century. Despite being from different social classes, the two develop a solid friendship.

The brave Isabel is the daughter of a former slave and is in love with the capoeira player Zé Maria; Laura is descendant from a wealthy family and is destined for an arranged marriage with Edgar. Fate brings these two women together at church: Laura is uncertain about her future with Edgar; and Isabel overflows with happiness waiting for Zé Maria, who becomes involved in a fight that leads him to prison instead of the altar.

The series, which has drawn some controversy of its own, has been the recipient of numerous other awards since its debut.

To catch the full episodes of this intriguing telenovela series, make sure you save the date for the first episode airing on Maisha Magic East from Monday, 1st June at 6.30pm on DStv channel 158 and GOtv channel 4