Netflix said that they were invested in Afrocentric content and it's clear that they are putting their money where their mouth is. With content coming from Malawi with the drama, The Who Harnessed The Wind and now with two original South African series...yeah, you’re right Africa is definitely the future. Took them long enough.
Just a few weeks the international streamer also announced its acquisition of South African drama “Shadow,” about an ex-cop with superpowers, which will be released globally as a Netflix Original March 8.
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The series is called Blood and Water and the teen-led series will be directed by award-winning Black girl magic, Nosipho Dumisa.
This youthful series will follow the story of a teenager who discovers shocking secrets about her family's past whilst trying to navigate life in the (oftentimes) complex world of a South African high school. The series will begin production this year and will only be launched officially some time next year.
The series is set to start production later this year and is expected to launch globally in 190 countries in 2020.
Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute will be writing and co-directing with Dumisa, with Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer on board as producers and Simon Beesley as lead editor from Gambit Films.
Speaking on her latest project, Nosipho Dumisa said:
"Gambit Films and I are so excited to be working with Netflix on this explosive young adult drama, with not only a cool look at strong female leads but also a powerful mystery at its core. As a director who loves this genre, this series combines the best of so many and isn't shy to delve into the real issues of youth culture, whilst jam-packing it with twists that will keep viewers guessing."
Whilst the cast of the series has not yet been revealed, it's rumored it will comprise of several fresh faces and new talent. Its notable director, Dumisa, has made international waves with her gangster thriller Nommer 37 which resulted in her winning the top prize at the Fantasia International Film Festival for Best Director. The film also received a riveting review from the New York Times.
Following on the heels of ‘Queen Sono’,’ ‘Blood & Water’ is the next step in our further investment in original African content, and we is excited to see what other projects get produced from across Mzansi and Africa as a whole.
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