South African feature film Riding with Sugar is set to premiere on streaming platform Netflix in November.
Written and directed by award-winning Zimbabwean filmmaker Sunu Gonera, Riding with Sugar tells the story of a young refugee, played by British actor Charles Mnene (Ahead of the Class, Holby City, Doctors), who has dreams of winning a BMX cycling championship as a means to finding a better life.
The film also stars British-Nigerian actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hotel Rwanda) and British actor Simona Brown (The Night Manager, Guilt).
“We live in exciting times where stories by Africans have a platform to make our voices heard – our truth, dreams and aspiration are being told in ways that find credence abroad, and Netflix is leading this movement globally for African storytellers,” Gonera said.
Ben Amadasun, Netflix’s director of content acquisition and coproductions in Africa, added: “Our aim is to be strategic partners for Africa’s creative industry. We’ll continue to create new partnerships that will enhance our library with a wide variety of powerful, engaging stories from across the continent. Sunu Gonera’s Riding with Sugar is certainly one we’re proud to add to our slate.”