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In documentary format, the new Public TV program will have the actor in the role of host, presenting stories of poor neighborhoods traversed by the pandemic. It starts on Sunday 25.

On Sunday October 25 at 9:30 p.m., Public Television will premiere Be essential, a documentary series that portrays the daily lives of people immersed in the problems of poor and emergency neighborhoods, in the framework of the coronavirus pandemic.

The protagonists of each chapter are from various backgrounds and occupations: soup kitchen volunteers, nuns, laity, nurses, doctors, lawyers. Generated from the Pastoral Villera, the series will air every Sunday in half-hour shipments.

The program will show the areas where they carry out their activities: community kitchens, parishes, addiction recovery farms, neighborhood centers, units for the transfer of patients, health units in popular neighborhoods and homes for grandparents, among others.

The driver will be Diego Alonso, which became known from his performance in Okupas, where he played Sergio “The chicken”. It will be andl in charge of interviewing the various workers who fulfill essential roles in this unique moment of humanity. They are the ones who try to mitigate the ravages that the pandemic leaves on society and, especially, on the poorest population.

In the first chapter, Fighting spirit, the story of Mirna Florentín, director of the Friends of Father Pepe dining room, in Villa 21 in Barracas, will be told. It is an establishment that feeds people with diseases such as diabetes and celiac disease. Those who work there did not interrupt their tasks during the pandemic and contracted Covid-19.

The secondor episode is The last handle of the last train, and its protagonist is Marcelo, a recovered addict who is part of the team that works at the Centro Barrial Gaucho Antonio Gil, in José León Suárez.

There, the pandemic is faced with reduced hours and days, but without closing the doors to those people who need to eat, clean themselves, visit the doctor and chat with the psychologist.

Marcelo undergoes dialysis, but anyway he puts his body to collaborate in that place that serves as a center of social containment for people to get together, share moments and be in community, in order to get away from the streets, violence and Addictive substances.

The third chapter, The village doctor, delves into the life of Ricardo Paiva, a doctor from Entre Ríos who came to La Matanza due to various vicissitudes of life. His landing in this populous district of the Buenos Aires suburbs coincided with the beginning of the pandemic.

Now, in addition to taking care of entering difficult-to-access areas to bring medicine to those who need it most, it focuses on bringing neighbors with symptoms and in serious condition due to Covid-19 to the hospital.

The idea and the script of Be essential They belong to Walter Peña. The production is in charge of Diego Burger and the direction is by Nicolás Cuiñas, while Father Pepe di Paola collaborated with content advice.

The Pastoral Villera is the grouping of villeros priests, men and women religious, laity and other collaborators who work to organize poor neighborhood communities.

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