A conversation with Heloisa Jorge, Dagmar from ‘Mar do Sertão’ – 03/11/2023

Dagmar, from the soap opera ‘Mar do Sertão’, shown at 6 pm on Globo, is a black shepherdess who brings a story full of feelings that a black woman lives in Brazil. She had a very young daughter and, because of the lack of choice and having a support network, she ends up choosing to leave the child at the church door.

“It’s a simple story, but these layers of black women’s loneliness, abandonment, using religion as an escape, which are Brazilian issues, are layers that I add”, says Heloísa Jorge, an actress who plays the role in the plot.

In this episode of Papo Preto Heloisa, who is Angolan naturalized Brazilian, talks to Stela Diogo about her life and career. She tells how real life is confused with that of her characters, especially about the crossings in her experiences as a black woman. She has been in Brazil since she was 12 years old, has a degree in performing arts and celebrates the increase in black representation in the audiovisual sector.

“This moment we are living is very special because it is the fulfillment of a debt. I don’t think people are putting black artists to work because there is compassion”, she says. from 06:36 of the above file. “What exists is the public demanding to turn on the TV and truly identify with those stories that are being told.”

Heloísa says that the telenovela ‘Mar do Sertão’ has 12 black actors participating effectively in the storytelling of the plot. “They are very interesting, three-dimensional characters, we are not talking about racism, but symbolically speaking, having this group of actors telling the story with relevant characters is very important, it is a reason to celebrate and celebrate, and to understand that it is from now on ” (from 9:04 of the file above).

Papo Preto is a podcast produced by Alma Preta, a journalism agency with social themes, in partnership with the UOL Plurala collaborative project between the UOL, collective and independent vehicles. New episodes air every Wednesday.

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