, Farias knew he had to pay homage to the format while updating it for a modern audience.
In this interview, he talks about the lengths to which the actors went to perform the scenes in English and Spanish; the privilege of being a Latino director taking the helm of this unique project; and his favorite scenes to shoot throughout the process., and imagined and realized by California’s vast Alta Med health care network, the aim of the show is to “educate without being educational.” The project is a unique endeavor — it combines a fresh narrative format with the ability to tackle real-world issues such as HIV, stigma, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) issues, family issues, infidelity, shame, aging, dating and more.
One of the nation’s largest community health providers is launching an original telenovela series distributed via You Tube, aimed at educating Latino audiences about the spread of HIV and the need for universal testing.
The telenovela is based on the experiences of Alta Med patients.
Clinic officials hope a local television station will air the show.
In the world of Spanish language TV, the telenovela reigns supreme.
These Spanish language serials are rife with scandalous familial dramas that keep viewers hungry for more.
And the plot line of a new telenovela web project by one of the nation’s largest community health clinics is no exception.
Alta Med, a Los Angeles health clinic, launched a serialized drama about HIV/AIDS, called “Sin Verguenza” (Without Shame) on November 30, and hopes to decrease stigma and raise awareness about the disease among Latinos.
State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) announced the telenovela at one of the clinic’s sites to mark World AIDS Day, December 1.
The multipart serial recounts the story of the Salazars, a fictional family living in East Los Angeles.
Writers have based the storyline on the experiences of Alta Med clinic patients.