A movie that will leave you inspired this coming holiday season and a story of triumph and hope in the face of adversity. Riding With Sugar is set to premiere on Netflix, on 27 November 2020.
Riding With Sugar is grounded in African aesthetics with powerful, visually rich scenes and an urgent undercurrent of passion and grit. Once a student with a great future, refugee Joshua (Charles Mnene) dreams of winning a cycling championship as a means to finding a better life, but fate intervenes in the form of an accident that shatters his dream. He is given shelter and a job by Mambo (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) who houses refugee teenagers from all over Africa. When Joshua meets Olivia (Simona Brown), a talented young dancer from a well-to-do family, it brings him into a world he has never known before, but her insights cast a shadow over Mambo’s agenda.
The film is written and directed by Cannes Lions Gold winner, Sunu Gonera and produced by iconic film stalwart Helena Spring, the uniquely African story is a coming-of-age, feel-good ride about a young refugee’s quest for BMX glory.
Riding With Sugar boasts a celebrated cast that includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men, Hotel Rwanda), Paballo Koza (The Queen, Housekeepers) alongside breakout stars Charles Mnene (The Bill, Holby City, Doctors, Ahead of the Class) and Simona Brown (Guilt, the Roots remake, and Him), Hlayani Mabasa and Likho Mango.
Of the experience Gonera says, “Often ‘the Mother City’ is depicted as picturesque and sometimes one dimensional with the mountain and the sea as the sole reference points. While this film certainly represents that view, it also juxtaposes it with a side of Cape Town that’s often ignored. A side where the dust and the grit prevails; down where the forgotten poor live. South African audiences in particular, will identify with the realness and familiarity of this as well as with the undercurrents of hope that make the human spirit prevail,”
He continues. “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.”
A cool, Afrofuturistic feature film, bursting with youthful energy, optimism and hope against all odds, Riding with Sugar is a visual masterpiece that young adults from all walks will identify with.
Watch the Official Trailer below: