I am completely blown away by the last couple of class periods we have had. Not only have we had the pleasure of hearing from some of Venezuela's most talented actors, directors, writers, and producers, but we have also had the opportunity to learn even more about this fascinating genre of television. I am so thankful for this learning opportunity. What has struck me the most about these conversations has been each person's perspective on the legacy Hugo Chavez left in Venezuela and the way he completely changed the country and the work they love.
Marisa Román described, with tears in her eyes, the way her devotion to her country and her audience has nearly driven her to stop working on telenovelas in Venezuela, because she knows that she cannot deliver the type of telenovela the people in her country deserve.
Leonardo Padrón said that he has a determination to be a Venezuelan and to do something to help the country. Despite everything that has happened to him personally and to his country, he feels that he has gained more than he has lost.
Vicente Albarracín expressed how in his work with telenovelas in Venezuela, what they have achieved is way more important than what they were not able to do.
The focus in each one of these inspiring comments is hope. Each one realizes that the purpose for which they do their work is worth facing every challenge and hardship in their path. They are devoted to the art and to the audience that consumes it, and they will not give up, no matter what odds they face. Despite the many obstacles in their way and the depressed state of their country, they choose to have a positive perspective on their work and the impact that it can have.
An important part of that persistence is a devotion to producing quality telenovelas. The actress, writer, and director know that they cannot settle for less than what their audience needs and deserves. They must do everything in their power to deliver a story that is going to do so much more than entertain. Their goal is to educate, challenge, and give hope to their audience.