Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Soaps Around the World

I've come across a couple of shows recently on Al Jazeera that look at the real-life impact of soap operas in different cultural contexts.

The first is a seven-part series, Soapbox Mexico, a behind-the-scenes look at the long-running Mexican telenovella What Women Don't Say. Each 25-minute episode looks at the pressures facing the production team, the show's impact on audiences, and the various issues plaguing Mexican society that the soap addresses.

The second is a documentary on Turkish soap operas and their influence on women across the Arab world. It examines how these soaps are encouraging women to speak out against abuse and creating gender alliances between historically antagonistic regions.

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