Being Brazilian

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01The Documentary2014050620140511 (WS)

What do Brazilians think, feel and dream that gives them their unique identity?

01The Documentary2014050620140510 (WS)

Brazil is South America's biggest and most influential country. With a population of 200 million, it is now the sixth largest economy in the world. In June (2014) it will host the World Cup and in two years’ time, the Olympic Games, making it a place of huge global interest. But what do we really know about the country and its people? And what does it mean to be Brazilian?

To many, the first thought might be of a nation whose famous Carnival never ends - fun loving, sun-soaked beauties on the Copacabana, or pictures of the footballers scoring exquisitely crafted goals. But beyond these stereotypes what does being Brazilian mean?

As the world’s media prepares to descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Julia Carneiro presents the first of two programmes which gets to the heart of Brazilian identity. In doing so, she casts off some of the myths about what being Brazilian is.

In the programme we hear how Brazilians see themselves. What are the things which make people feel and think 'Brazilian?' What are the common threads which bind Brazilians together, or divide them?

(Photo: Brazil coach, Felipe Scolari, at this year’s Grape Festival in Caxius du Sul, southern Brazil. BBC copyright)

01The Documentary2014050620140507 (WS)

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, casting off some of the myths a...

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, casting off some of the myths about what it is to be Brazilian.

01The Documentary20140506

01The Documentary20140506
01The Documentary2014050620140511 (WS)

What do Brazilians think, feel and dream that gives them their unique identity?

01The Documentary2014050620140510 (WS)

Brazil is South America's biggest and most influential country. With a population of 200 million, it is now the sixth largest economy in the world. In June (2014) it will host the World Cup and in two years’ time, the Olympic Games, making it a place of huge global interest. But what do we really know about the country and its people? And what does it mean to be Brazilian?

To many, the first thought might be of a nation whose famous Carnival never ends - fun loving, sun-soaked beauties on the Copacabana, or pictures of the footballers scoring exquisitely crafted goals. But beyond these stereotypes what does being Brazilian mean?

As the world’s media prepares to descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Julia Carneiro presents the first of two programmes which gets to the heart of Brazilian identity. In doing so, she casts off some of the myths about what being Brazilian is.

In the programme we hear how Brazilians see themselves. What are the things which make people feel and think 'Brazilian?' What are the common threads which bind Brazilians together, or divide them?

(Photo: Brazil coach, Felipe Scolari, at this year’s Grape Festival in Caxius du Sul, southern Brazil. BBC copyright)

01The Documentary2014050620140507 (WS)

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, casting off some of the myths a...

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, casting off some of the myths about what it is to be Brazilian.

01The Documentary20140506

01The Documentary20140506
02 LASTThe Documentary20140513

Brazil is South America's biggest and most influential country. With a population of 200 million, it is now the sixth largest economy in the world. In June (2014) it will host the World Cup and in two years’ time, the Olympic Games, making it a place of huge global interest. But what do we really know about the country and its people? And what does it mean to be Brazilian?

To many, the first thought might be of a nation whose famous Carnival never ends; fun loving and sun-soaked, beauties on the Copacabana, or pictures of the footballers scoring exquisitely crafted goals. But beyond these stereotypes what does being Brazilian mean?

In the second programme, Julia Carneiro examines the issue of race. Brazil has long presented itself as a country which enjoys great racial diversity. It has the largest black population outside Africa yet under the surface, race is a taboo. Why is race such a difficult thing to talk about in Brazil? What does that say about the country?

(Photo: Brazilians gather during the first day of Carnival celebrations in Salvador, Brazil. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

02 LASTThe Documentary2014051320140514 (WS)

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, and examines the roles that rac...

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, and examines the roles that race and class play in Brazilian society.

02 LASTThe Documentary20140513

02 LASTThe Documentary20140513

Brazil is South America's biggest and most influential country. With a population of 200 million, it is now the sixth largest economy in the world. In June (2014) it will host the World Cup and in two years’ time, the Olympic Games, making it a place of huge global interest. But what do we really know about the country and its people? And what does it mean to be Brazilian?

To many, the first thought might be of a nation whose famous Carnival never ends; fun loving and sun-soaked, beauties on the Copacabana, or pictures of the footballers scoring exquisitely crafted goals. But beyond these stereotypes what does being Brazilian mean?

In the second programme, Julia Carneiro examines the issue of race. Brazil has long presented itself as a country which enjoys great racial diversity. It has the largest black population outside Africa yet under the surface, race is a taboo. Why is race such a difficult thing to talk about in Brazil? What does that say about the country?

(Photo: Brazilians gather during the first day of Carnival celebrations in Salvador, Brazil. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

02 LASTThe Documentary2014051320140514 (WS)

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, and examines the roles that rac...

Julia Carneiro gets to the heart of Brazilian identity, and examines the roles that race and class play in Brazilian society.

02 LASTThe Documentary20140513