A success on Netflix, Alba has shocked viewers and provoked important discussions on social networks. The Spanish production already guarantees prominent positions in the Top 10 of several countries, including Brazil. Anyone who has marathoned the 13 episodes of season 1 wants to know: is Alba based on a true story?
“Alba wakes up on the beach with signs that she has been raped, but doesn’t remember anything. Until she finds out that the rapists are friends with her boyfriend.” Netflix.
Starring Elena Rivera (Heirs of the Earth), Alba has Álvaro Rico (Elie), Ana Wagener (Um Contratempo) and Eric Masip (Through My Window) in the cast.
We’ve explained everything you need to know about Alba’s Netflix inspiration below; check it out and see if the series is based on real events.
Discover the story behind Alba on Netflix
Alba is not based on a true story. In fact, the series is an adaptation of the Turkish soap opera Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne, released in 2010. The title can be translated as “What was Fatmagul’s Crime?”.
The novel, in turn, is inspired by the work of Abdülkadir “Demirkan” Pirhasan, also known as Vedat Türkali, an acclaimed Turkish writer.
In the same style as the Spanish series Alba, the plot of the novel follows the story of Fatmagül Ketenci, a humble girl who is raped by 4 men.
Due to its universal theme and exciting plot, the telenovela became a great international success, being dubbed in several languages and shown in dozens of countries.
Furthermore, Alba is not the first adaptation of Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne. The Indian broadcaster Star Plus, for example, produced the series Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka (What Did Amala Do?), which takes place in Dharamshala.
The Spanish thriller, meanwhile, is set in Marina Baixa, a coastal community in Spain.
Even with the geographical difference between Turkey and Spain, Alba adopts the same theme and history as the original production.
Both series show the brutal interrogations that victims of sexual violence are forced to answer.
Anyone who has already checked out the new Spanish series on Netflix knows that, in addition to being forced to relive the trauma, Alba is forced to answer questions about her behavior on the night of the crime.
The police thus try to blame Alba for her own rape. Therefore, they ask “what was she wearing” on the night of the crime.
In Brazil, blaming the victim is customary in cases of rape and sexual violence. Even presenting evidence, women continue to be seen with distrust and distrust.
That is: even though it is not based on a true story, Alba offers an uncomfortable look at the culture of machismo and several other problems that plague modern society.
Alba is available on Netflix.
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