The Destino (Destination) series, which O2 is producing for HBO, began in 2012 with 6 episodes offering fictional portraits of the lives of different groups of immigrants who arrive each day in São Paulo from other places, seeking a new home and a decent wage. The series uses non-actors to enhance its reality.
The overall director was Fabio Mendonça who divided the creation of the project with Teodoro Popovic. The episodes were directed by Alex Gabassi, Cesar Charlone and Fabio Mendonça and deal with the stories of Jews, Bolivians, Latin Americans (Argentineans and Chileans), Nigerians, Koreans and Chinese in stories that portray the joys, frustrations, customs and cultural shocks that face them every day in their new city.
The second season of the series Destino Rio de Janeiro (Destination Rio de Janeiro) aired in 2013, and the city was more present in the 6 episodes that told the stories of Greeks, Englishmen, Japanese, Americans, Italians and East European immigrants who were passing through the city or had chosen it as a place to live. The overall director was Fabio Mendonça and directors Cesar Charlone, Paulinho Caruso and Fabio Mendonça were responsible for directing the individual episodes, which like the previous season involved non-actors. The screenplays for this season were written by Felipe Braga, José Belmonte, Pablo Padilha, Cris Gualda and Teodoro Popovic.
The third season Destino Salvador (Destination Salvador) will premiere on January 7 at 10 pm Sunday nights on HBO with 6 weekly episodes. The overall director is once again Fabio Mendonça and the series will present fictional stories about foreigners who have adopted Salvador as their home, dealing with themes like love, violence, cultural barriers and religious differences, again interpreted by non-actors. This season the characters are a Lithuanian bassoonist, a Mozambican adolescent, a Portuguese immigrant, a French fiftyish hippie, a Mexican fighter and a German art restorer. Among the locations will be the Ponta do Humaitá, the beach of Rio Vermelho, the Castro Alves Theater and other traditional points of interest in Salvador.
The individual episodes were directed by Fabio Mendonça, Luciano Moura, Nando Olival and Rodrigo Meirelles, and feature screenplays written by Elena Soarez, Josefina Trotta, Felipe Braga and Teodoro Popovic.