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African ‘Wall Of Fame’ Watchlist – Netflix

Africa, is a continent of 54 countries, all of whom encompass diversity, freedom, growth and creativity. On this day, Africa Day, we highlight the creative talent that is ever growing amongst our nation and wish to thank them for contributing to the entertainment landscape, for having a voice and simply for offering it to the world.

This is our Netflix, African “wall of fame” watchlist:

Blood & Water

Set in the surroundings of Parkhurst College, the prestigious inner-city school for elite scholars and academic overachievers. Blood & Water follows the exploits of 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo, as she engineers her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she’s never met.

Kalushi

In 1976 Solomon Mahlangu, a 19-year-old street hawker, is beaten by the police during uprisings. After living in exile, he joins the liberation movement and becomes an international icon of South Africa’s liberation.

COTW

This global, first-of-its-kind, series will bring together 47 comedians from 13 regions in 8 languages in an unprecedented stand-up comedy event series. The groundbreaking series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender and ethnicity.

Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah touches on tacos, runaway snakes, camping, racism immunity and lessons he learned from his mother in this comedy special.

Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema

Luck Kunene adopts a criminal lifestyle that balloons into big-time crime, attracting the attention of law enforcement and a powerful drug lord.

Baby Mamas

From surprise news to relationship blues, four coworkers in different stages of motherhood unite to support each other in their struggles with men.

White Wedding

Groom-to-be Elvis confronts a tide of obstacles when he tries to cover the 1,000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa in time for his wedding.

Tsotsi

After shooting a woman and driving off in her car, a ruthless thug is surprised to discover a crying infant in the back seat

Tjovitjo

Amidst poverty and struggle, a hardened pantsula dance leader enters a dark space and searches for redemption and salvation in his community

Agent

A former footballer tries to make it as a player agent in the world of African football, but a secret from his past threatens to destroy everything.

Queen Sono

South African spy Queen Sono finds herself in a nefarious web of business and politics as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death.

Chief Daddy

When a wealthy patriarch unexpectedly drops dead, his money-crazed family, friends and staff scramble for his billionaire fortune.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Inspired by a science book, 13 year-old William Kamkwaamba builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine. Based on a true story.

The Delivery Boy

A teen criminal and a young sex worker forge an unlikely alliance during a night that forces them to confront painful pasts and crisis of conscience.

Living in Bondage

Mentored by an enigmatic tycoon, an ambitious young man faces a crisis when his rise in power draws him deep into the occult.

The Wedding Party

As their big day arrives, a couple’s lavish wedding plans turn into a nightmare of exes, fighting parents and uninvited guests.

The Bridge

A Yoruba prince and a young lady from a prominent lgbo family face tribal prejudice and parental pressure when they secretly wed.

Lionheart

When her father falls ill, Adaeze steps up to run the family business, alongside her uncle, and prove herself in a male-dominant world.

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Watch Charlize Theron And Kiki Layne In The Old Guard Trailer

Film Release Date: July 10, 2020

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood

Screenplay By: Greg Rucka
Based on the Graphic Novel Series By Greg Rucka and Illustrated by Leandro Fernandez

Produced By: David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Charlize Theron, AJ Dix, Beth Kono, Marc Evans

Cast: Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, with Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Synopsis:
Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (KiKi Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Greg Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (LOVE & BASKETBALL, BEYOND THE LIGHTS), THE OLD GUARD is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.

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The Highly Anticipated Netflix African Original, Blood & Water, Premieres 20 May 2020

Wednesday, 20 May marks the start of a new chapter in African storytelling on Netflix. The streaming service will debut its first and highly-anticipated Young-Adult, African Original series, Blood & Water, across 190 countries, globally.

The young adult drama introduces breakout star Khosi Ngema and features known talent such as Ama Qamata (Gomora, My Perfect Family, Rhythm City), Natasha Thahane (Skeem Saam, The Queen), Gail Mabalane (The Road, The Wild), Cindy Mahlangu (The Queen, The Heard), Thabang Molaba (The Queen), Arno Greeff (Binnelanders) and Dillon Windvogel (DanZ).

photographer Themba Mbuyisa

Synopsis: Blood & Water centres around the exploits of Puleng Khumalo, an intelligent and impulsive 16-year-old with a secret to hide. The teenager engineers her transfer to Parkhurst College in a desperate bid to investigate the 17-year cold case of her older sisters disappearance. Abducted at birth, Fikile’s disappearance has cast a shadow over Puleng’s life, and she’s determined to solve the case.

Created and written by: Nosipho Dumisa
Written by: Nosipho Dumisa, Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute
Executive produced by: Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer
Produced by: Netflix and Gambit Films

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Netflix Launches Made In Africa Collection

NETFLIX CELEBRATES AFRICA MONTH WITH MADE IN AFRICA COLLECTION

Collection to feature entertainment made in Africa, watched by the world —

Netflix today announced the introduction of a Made in Africa collection – a curated list of African series, films and documentaries – to celebrate Africa Month and demonstrate Netflix’s commitment to Africa and the African creative community.

The collection is available globally at netflix.com/madeinafrica (or can be found on Netflix by searching ‘Made in Africa’ or ‘Africa Month’ or ‘Africa Day’) and will make it easier for members who love African stories to find something great to watch. It includes over 100 titles – including older licensed films and shows as well as Netflix Originals like Queen Sono, which debuted on Netflix in February, and Blood & Water, which will premiere this month.

The collection includes critically-acclaimed films and series like Jerusalema; King of Boys; Lionheart; Mokalik; Oscar-award winning film Tsotsi; Uncovered; The Wedding Party; Tjovitjo; Castle and Castle; The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; Azali; Potato Potahto; Joy and more. Members will also see major international films and series that were either predominantly or completely filmed on the continent, such as Holiday in the Wild (South Africa and Zambia); The Red Sea Diving Resort (Namibia and South Africa); Troy: Fall of a City (South Africa), Beasts of No Nation (Ghana), Blood Diamond (Morocco, Sierra Leone and South Africa), and documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Ivory Game and the Oscar-nominated Virunga.

“This Africa Month, we’re excited to celebrate African stories and storytellers. This collection includes Queen Sono – our first Netflix original series – and as well as films like Catching Feelings, Chief Daddy, 93 Days, Merry Men. We hope that by making these ‘Made in Africa’ titles easily available we will help ensure they are watched Around the world” says Ben Amadasun, Director of Licensing and Co-productions for Africa at Netflix’.

The Made in Africa collection is now available on Netflix at netflix.com/madeinafrica.

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Netflix Announces Jiva! As Its Next African Original Series

2020 truly is the year for the African entertainment industry, as Netflix announces that its next African original series is in production. JIVA! will be a local African production, from script to screen, and will showcase an all-African cast and crew. 

Below are some fast facts about what you can expect from Africa’s next original;

  • JIVA! is a fun and energy-packed drama series that follows the life of the talented street dancer Ntombi, who while juggling the demands of a dead end job, family responsibility and a rocky love life realises that her dance moves could be her ticket out of her working class neighbourhood in Durban. But first, she must overcome her fears, beat her rivals and sort out the chaos that is her family.
  • Busisiwe Ntintili, of The Ntintili Factory, is the Creator and Showrunner of JIVA! She is an award winning writer, director and producer with 20 years of television and film under her belt, including South Africa’s highest rated television shows, the Peabody Award Winning drama series “Intersexions” and the box office hit movie “Happiness is a Four Letter Word”.
  • Scottnes L. Smith (Hear Me Move, There’s A Bluebird In My Heart, Long Street), award winning Director Mandla Dube (Kalushi) and award winning Director Mmambatho Montsho (Emoyeni, Lockdown) will join the directing team of the series. 
  • The series stars a dynamic all-local cast, including break out star, Noxolo Dlamini (Sarafina Stage Production, Isibaya) playing the lead, Candice Modiselle (Generations; The Legacy), Sne Mbatha (So You Think You Can Dance), Stella Dlangalala (Funny People Africa), Zazi Kunene (Pinky Pinky), Anga Makubalo (Generations), Given Stuurman (Shuga), Ntuthuzelo Grootboom (PE’s Finest Dance Crew), Zamani Mbatha (Isithembiso) and veteran actor Tony Kgoroge (Invictus, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), who will be joined by other well-known local talent.
  • Bontle Modiselle, dancer, actor and radio personality and Tom London, founder of South Africa’s top dance crew Soweto’s Finest, join the creative team as choreographers for the series.
  • JIVA! will be produced by Cape Town based production team Blue Ice Africa with Busisiwe Ntintili, Adam Friedlander and Tebogo Maila as Executive Producers.

Read more: www.netflix.com/jiva