Avenida Brasil (English: Brazil Avenue) is a Brazilian primetime telenovela created by João Emanuel Carneiro. It premiered on March 26, 2012 and ended on October 19, 2012 on Rede Globo at 9 pm timeslot.
The plot follows the dramatic story of Rita (Mel Maia), a sweet young woman who struggles to recover part of the life her gold digger stepmother, Carminha (Adriana Esteves), took from her when she was only a child.
When Rita's father dies, prematurely, Carminha and her lover, Max (Marcello Novaes), send the young girl off to live in a landfill, so that she doesn't stand in the way of their plan to get rich. There, she is subjected to child labor under the control of a deplorable man, named Nilo (José de Abreu). But, she is lucky enough to meet Batata (Bernardo Simões), a boy who becomes her best friend and true love. He takes her to live with other children, under the care of motherl