In the tiny poor town of Asa Branca, in the middle of Brazilian Northeast, Roque Santeiro is worshiped as a saint. He was supposedly killed by a bandit, 18 years ago, trying to save the local church. After his disappearance, local leaderships such as landowner Sinhozinho Malta and mayor Florindo, took profit on that to control the humble population. They even make up a widow, Porcina, who should have married Roque secretly before his death. What they don't expect is that Roque is alive, and he's back to, allegedly, "save his people". Now Malta, Florindo, Porcina, and others must hold him down and explain the "truth" to their commoners, in a desperate attempt to save their own bottoms. Meanwhile, mysterious facts surround Asa Branca, such as a Werewolf, a film crew who are trying to shoot a movie about Roque's story, and violent murderers. Dias Gomes writes about small towns in marvelous satires of local authorities and their hypocrisy.
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Did You Know?
and Aguinaldo Silva
wrote the series based on Gomes' play "O Berço do Herói", which was censored and banned under the Brazilian military government in 1963. In 1975, "Roque" was censored as well, as the government had discovered (by phone tapping Dias Gomes calls) that he had slightly modified and changed the name of his play in order to cheat them. See more
Referenced in vem_aí
Pelo Sim, Pelo Não
Written by Cláudio Nucci, Zé Renato
& Juca Filho
Performed by Claudio Nucci & Zé Renato See more