Riding With Sugar: Afrofuturistic Netflix film shows hope in the face of adversity [video]

Netflix this week released a new trailer for Riding With Sugar, a story of triumph and hope in the face of adversity. The movie might pleasantly surprise you this holiday season.

Riding With Sugar encompasses all of the emotion attached to competing in a competitive sport as well as finding belonging, discovering love and the pursuit of happiness and triumph.

Netflix movie: What you need to know

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‘Riding With Sugar’ plot

Riding With Sugar follows the life of Joshua, an A-student and refugee who dreams of winning a cycling championship as a means of finding a better life, but fate intervenes.

A devasting accident shatters his dream of a brighter future. Joshua is given shelter and a job by Mambo, who houses refugee teenagers from all over Africa.

When Joshua meets Olivia, 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.

Watch: ‘Riding With Sugar’ trailer

‘Riding With Sugar’ cast and characters

  • Charles Mnene as Joshua
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazimas Mambo
  • Simona Brown as Olivia
  • Hlayani Junior Mabasa as Rusty
  • Paballo Koza as Vetkoek
  • Also starring Shelley Nicole and Brendon Daniels

Behind the scenes

Riding With Sugar was written and directed by Cannes Lions Gold winner, Sunu Gonera. To add to the stellar cast and characters, the film was also produced by iconic film stalwart Helena Spring.

With a distinctive visual approach to his work, Sunu has made a name for himself as the visionary Afrocentric/Afrofutristic master behind the Absolut One Source Live video starring Kuli Chana and has recently returned from shooting episodes of the hit series Madam Secretary in L.A.

One-Eyed Jack

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Gonera also told Screen Africa back in 2018 that creating Riding With Sugar “has been a dream since [he] first returned to South Africa from the States” in 2013.

Moreover, Riding With Sugar boasts a celebrated cast that includes Hakeem Kae-Kazim, known for Black Sails, Pirates of the Caribbean, X-Men, and Hotel Rwanda, alongside breakout stars Charles Mnene and Simona Brown.

As reported by One-Eyed Jack, filming for Riding With Sugar wrapped up in Cape Town back in December 2018. The Afrofuturistic feature film is seventeen years in the making and premieres on Netflix on 27 November 2020.

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