AFDA alumni make Netflix African Original series

News, 15 May 2020

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Welcome to the jungle...It's about to get hectic. The much anticipated second Netflix African Original series, “Blood and Water”, written and directed by the award winning Gambit Films and AFDA alumni trio, Nosipho Dumisa (“Nommer 37” film director), Daryne Joshua (“Noem My Skollie” and “Ellen: Die Storie van Ellen Pakkies” films director) and Travis Taute, is due for release in 190 countries worldwide on Netflix on the 20 May 2020.

The six-part series, is a gripping story of betrayal, first love and mystery. We follow the young, ambitious Puleng Khumalo on the search for her missing older sister who was abducted at birth.

The series stars Ama Qamata as Khumalo, an intelligent, proactive and impulsive teen on a mission to find her sister; Khosi Ngema plays the popular, beautiful and alluring Fikile “Fiks” Bhele; Thabang Molaba as Karabo “KB” Molapo, resident bad boy and high school heartthrob struggling to live up to his father’s high expectations; Puleng’s ally and assistant investigator Wade, played by Dillon Windvogel; and the opinionated Wendy Dlamini, who at times is a bit too “woke,” played by Natasha Thahane.  We also get to see AFDA Live Performance alumni Xolile Tshabalala, who plays the role of Nwabisa Bhele in 3 episodes and Shamilla Miller who plays Riley Morgan in 3 episodes. Rapper Nasty C also makes his acting debut with a cameo on the series.

A host of AFDA alumni also occupy all the key positions behind the scenes on “Blood and Water”. Zenn van Zyl takes the cinematography credit, Simon Beesley, also from Gambit Films is the editor, the production designer is Chris Joubert, Jaclyn Mastry is the art director and the costume design is by Marne van der Burgh.

“Blood & Water” is not a typical coming-of-age drama series, as it will play off in the mother city of Cape Town and features lots of mystery and case-solving realness.

Watch the trailer here:




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