The Creators Bridge agency has acquired international distribution rights for the Brazilian drama series "Black Rain," translated as "Chuva Negra." "We're facing a narrative of our time, a contemporary and tangible drama with a realistic approach to imperfections, learning, and redemption about the right or wrong concept about family, attitudes and behavior—universal matters," Felipe Boclin, CEO and founder of The Creators Bridge said.
"Black Rain" premiered on Canal Brasil and the Globoplay streaming platform during the week that celebrates World Down Syndrome Day, achieving a historic audience performance for the channel and becoming one of the standout titles of 2023. Launched in March of this year, the ten episodes family-drama gained relevancy and recognition by featuring an impressive cast including Vanessa Giácomo, Julia Lemmertz, Rafael Primot, and Marcos Pitombo.
The title delves into contemporary dramas that revolve around the formation of new families, diversity, and inclusion. The series, created by Rafael Primot produced by Daniel Gaggini, features João Simões as one of the protagonists, an actor with Down Syndrome who portrays Lucas—this is an unprecedented occurrence in Brazilian TV series. Lucas is cheerful and spontaneous but requires special care and attention. "It's a potent product on various angles, also proving its relevance through audience performance and buzz in Brazil," Boclin said. "We're thrilled to bring to channels and streaming platforms around the world this powerful and premium content, which in our view is another incredible example of what we call the new Brazilian content—productions and narratives for the global streaming audience.”
As part of the narrative, "Black Rain" introduces a fantastical and suspenseful element to the plot, being a meteorological phenomenon that heralds pivotal events. After receiving news of their parents' passing, Zeca and Vitor focus on resolving practical matters, including how to care for Lucas, their younger brother with Down Syndrome. The siblings must overcome their fears and prejudices alongside Julie, Micha, and Aunt Yara, learning to handle a different child, thereby assuming responsibilities and forming a new home. Throughout the series, characters will evolve, uncover more about themselves and those around them, in search of a new way to relate and carry on with their lives.
"The series speaks about a real family; I think that's the difference," Rafael Primot said. "We start with a family resembling the 'ideal family,' and gradually we realize that everyone has flaws, everyone has a dark side, their secrets. We're humanizing these characters. Our role as producers and creators is to present diversity in a natural, straightforward manner. The idea is to watch this story and realize that these figures are part of it, just as in real life, as it should always be."
We're facing a narrative of our time, a contemporary and tangible drama with a realistic approach to imperfections, learning, and redemption about the right or wrong concept about family, attitudes and behavior—universal matters.” Felipe Boclin CEO and Founder, The Creators Bridge