Pass The Torch: Pam Grier/Sonia Braga
Screen Divas and sex symbols Pam Grier and Sonia Braga discuss "Sex and sexism in cinema". The issues of prejudice, age discrimination, and marketability as actors are illuminated. Biting and on the mark, Grier and Braga "tell it like it is."
Sonia Braga is the Brazilian screen legend that rose to stardom in her native country through work on a series of lavish soap operas for the Brazilian network TV Globo. By her early twenties, Braga was a major soap opera star, a status comparable to goddess in Brazil. She appeared in a number of Brazilian films, gracing each with her captivating sensuality, but it wasn't until her role as a woman with two lovers in Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (1978), that she gained international screen stardom. Her most famous movie appearance (and her English language debut) was in Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), in which she played three roles, including her enigmatic performance as the "dream heroine".
Throughout her extensive film career, Sonia Braga has never lost touch with her humble roots. Born to mixed-race parents, she went to work at age fourteen to help support her widowed mother and six siblings. Her personable and honest character has been untouched by fame, and instead she uses her appeal to deliver messages of solidarity with human rights causes. For PASS THE TORCH, Sonia Braga reflects on her experiences growing up in Brazil and how these have informed her artistry and concern for humanity. She also discusses racism and its different meanings at home and abroad.
O Bandido da Luz Vermelha, Urano Filmes, 1969.
A Moreninha, CBS do Brasil/Cinedistri/Fundação Padre Anchieta/Lauper Filmes, 1970.
Cléo e Daniel, Wallfilme, 1970.
Mestiça, A Escrava Indomavel, Cinedistri, 1973.
O Casal, 1975.
Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands (Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos), Carnival Unifilm/Cia Serrador/Coline, 1977.
Lady on the Bus (A Dama do Lotação), Atlantic (USA Distributor), 1978.
I Love You (E Tu Amo), Embrafilme/Flavia Films, 1981.
Gabriela, Sultana, 1983.
The Kiss of the Spider Woman, FilmDallas Pictures/HB Filmes/Sugarloaf Films, Inc., 1985.
Moon Over Parador, Universal Pictures, 1988.
The Milagro Beanfield War, Esparza Films/Universal Pictures, 1988.
The Rookie, Kazanjian-Sierbert Productions/Malpaso Productions/Warner Bros., 1990.
Roosters, American Playhouse/KCET Los Angeles/Olmos Productions/WMG Film, 1993.
Tieta do Agreste, actor, co-producer; Columbia Pictures Television/Sky Light Serene/Sony Corporation of America, 1993.
Posthumous Memories (Memórias Póstumas), Superfilmes, 1999.
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, A Band Apart/Dimension Films/Los Hooligans Productions, 2000.
Perfume, MainPix/Manifesto Films/Moonstar Entertainment/Parseghian-Planco, 2001.
Angel Eyes, Angel Eyes Productions/Franchise Pictures/Morgan Creek Productions/The Canton Company, 2001.
Empire, Bigel-Mailer Films, 2001.
Irmãos Coragem, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1970 (TV Series).
Selva de Pedra, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1972 (TV Series).
Vila Sésamo, Rede Globo de Televisão/TV Cultura, 1972 (TV Series).
Fogo Sobre Terra, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1974 (TV Series).
Gabriela, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1975 (TV Series).
Saramandaia, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1976 (TV Series).
Espelho Mágico, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1977 (TV Series).
Dancin’ Days, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1978 (TV Series).
Chega Mais, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1980 (TV Series).
The Cosby Show, guest appearance; NBC/The Carsey-Werner Company, 1986 (TV Series).
The Man Who Broke 1000 Chains, Home Box Office, 1987.
The Last Prostitute, 1991.
Tales From the Crypt, guest appearance; Home Box Office, 1992 (TV Series).
The Burning Season, Home Box Office, 1994.
Two Deaths, BBC/British Screen Productions, 1995.
Streets of Laredo, De Passe Entertainment/Levinson Productions/RHI Entertainment Inc., 1995 (TV mini-series).
Money Plays, Money Plays Company, Inc./Showtime Networks Inc., 1997.
A Will of Their Own, Lakesdie Productions/Warner Bros. Television, Wolper Organization, 1998 (TV mini-series).
Four Corners, Ann Margret Productions, 1998 (TV Series).
Força de Um Desejo, Rede Globo de Televisão, 1999 (TV Series).
Family Law, guest appearance; CBS Productions/Columbia TriStar Television/Paul Haggis Productions, 2000 (TV Series).
The Judge, Jaffe-Braunstein Films Ltd./National Broadcast Company/Pebblehut Productions Inc., 2001.
Sex and the City, guest appearances; Home Box Office, 2001 (TV Series).