Lado a Lado
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Die Sentrum is centred around a group of eight diverse councilors who work together in a helpline call centre and seek to help callers with their personal issues however each one of the councilors has their own challenges to overcome. The series explores compelling social realism scenarios against the present times in South Africa. The callers’' stories provide another layer of social reality in each episode. The office, politics, foibles, friendships, fights and frissons create texture and humour in the story strands. Alcoholism, domestic violence, a desperate search for love, and secret lifestyles are some of the subjects the counsellors need to deal with – not only over the telephone, but in their personal lives as well.
After his mother passes away, ambitious (but failed) entrepreneur Tshiamo Tselane is left to run her supermarket in Kliptown. Having had terrible luck with all of his past projects, Tshiamo becomes hellbent on making the supermarket successful enough to one day franchise both to honour his mother’s legacy and prove his worth as a business man.
Thrown into the mix, is his father, a famous ex-soccer star, Bra Pantsula who comes back after a twenty-five year absence. Bra Pantsula had only returned to his long forgotten home due to financial desperation but when he learns of his wife’s passing, he feels a calling to be a part of his son (and grandson’s) life again. Tshiamo makes it clear to him that he wants nothing to do with him. But when it’s revealed that his father is still a fifty percent shareholder in the supermarket, Tshiamo has no choice but to grudgingly let his father back into the family and let him be a part of the running of the supermarket.
Lado a Lado is a Portuguese telenovela.
Lado a Lado (Side by Side) tells the story of Isabel and Laura, two women of different origins and social classes who share the same ferocious will, to conquer their freedom in the conservative society in early 20th century’s society.
This is a theme that resonates perfectly among people between 20 and 40, not only in 21st century’s South Africa but in many other countries on our continent. A theme in perfect affinity with the audience.