A group of parents of victims, friends and residents of the city of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, is threatening to sue Netflix after the release of Every Day the Same Nighta series adaptation of the Kiss nightclub tragedy, which took place in January 2013. Comments of indignation point out that the streaming giant is financially exploiting the pain of several people and are directing the profit only to financiers and producers.
The mobilization started recently on WhatsApp and does not include members of the Association of Families of Victims and Survivors of the Tragédia de Santa Maria. Despite this, the organizers got in touch with the lawyer Juliane Muller Korb to find out the facts and understand what the plans of the company behind the project are one of the most watched on the platform.
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Disgusted, the family members think of addressing issues such as affective and social responsibility to question the destination of the profit collected. At the moment, the common feeling about Every Day the Same Night it is unfair, as the claimants believe that the money should be given to support the physical and psychological treatment of survivors and to build memorials for the victims.
“We were taken by surprise, nobody warned us, nobody asked us for permission. We want to know who is profiting from this. We do not accept that anyone makes money on top of our pain and the deaths of our children. We want to understand who authorized it, who was warned, because many of us weren’t,” says businessman Eriton Luiz Tonetto Lopes, father of Évelin Costa Lopes, a victim of the fire at just 19 years old. “There are parents suffering because of the series. The minimum we are demanding now is that a portion of the proceeds be donated to treating survivors and building the Kiss memorial. We don’t want any money for ourselves.”
Dramatic series caused nuisance
According to Korb, families are deeply hurt by impunity and the judiciary, and these feelings are amplified with the launch of the series. There was no contact with the parents or any initiative on the part of Netflix that showed sensitivity to the tragedy. With that, there was a greater impact especially because the project simulated all the suffering, bringing the victims to life through different actors and visual perspectives.
According to the lawyer, the family members were not expecting a dramatization, but something more journalistic, like a documentary — which was done by Globoplay. “They are ‘used’ to the aftermath of the tragedy. And the series shows the before, so it’s as if it happened again. It’s a very fine line between fiction and reality”, concludes the representative.
The next steps include a tentative dialogue with Netflix and a clarification on the destination of profits. As many parents would have returned to therapy because of the material, a moral damages lawsuit is not ruled out and more updates will be shared in the coming days. The streaming platform did not comment on the case.