Netflix welcomes filmmakers, creatives, talks about investing in African stories for 2022, 2023

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The streaming platform, Netflix, previewed what its programming will be for the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023.

Bringing together talent, filmmakers and journalists from South Africa and Nigeria at the Allianz Française, Ikoyi on Tuesday, Netflix hosted a See What’s Next Africa content showcase to highlight its increased investment in the rich heritage of storytelling from Africa through new projects that span a diverse range of genres and formats that will be available in 190 countries.

In the first half of 2022, Netflix in Africa released an outstanding slate of content from the Sub-Saharan African region across multiple genres, including pan-African reality show Young, Famous & African, South African action movie Silverton Siege, the South African film soapy drama series Savage Beauty, Netflix’s first licensed Kenyan-branded series Country Queen, Netflix’s first Nigerian-owned series Blood Sisters, a gripping South African crime documentary Senzo: Murder Of A Soccer Star and more recently, Justice Served.

“We believe that Africa is one of the leading creative hubs for great storytelling that resonates around the world, so it only makes sense for us to increase our investment with our slate with an even more exciting slate. We are proud to continue to create global opportunities for talented creatives from this great continent and to share their authentic stories with our members in Africa and around the world,” said Dorothy Ghettuba, Director of Netflix Series Africa.

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As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to building lasting relationships with African storytellers, Netflix has announced a multi-project partnership with acclaimed South African Mandlakayise filmmaker Walter Dube. As part of the partnership, Mandla – who directed the first African Netflix-commissioned film Silverton Siege (and Kalushi) – will helm a variety of Netflix-owned projects that will be shared in due course. This partnership is in addition to other multi-title deals between the company and African creators, including Mo Abudu (and Ebonylife StudioS) and Kunle Afolayan (and KAP).

During the event, Netflix also gave an overview of the progress of the various projects created by emerging filmmakers from the various initiatives launched by the company over the past year, including the UNESCO and Netflix competition “Folktales Africans reinvented”; the Netflix & NFVF Film Fund and the Realness Institute Episodic Lab.

Tendeka Matatu, Director of Local Language Films in Africa, said: “We work with the best talents and filmmakers as well as exciting emerging voices from across the continent. We are excited to expand our partnerships with talented storytellers across Africa. With an ever-growing list of licensed series, movies and content across a rich variety of top-notch content across all genres, we want to give our members more moments to share in the joy that comes from being immersed in great stories made in Africa, to be watched by the world.

At the event, Netflix previewed a diverse range of exciting top-notch African content through promo reels and exclusive footage. These include:

Ludik (ZA) – Netflix’s first series of Afrikaans titles, Ludik, is set to burst onto screens around the world on August 26, 2022. The racy, skop-skiet-en-donder six-part series stars the Hollywood actor of South African origin Arnold Vosloo (Silvertone Siege) in the titular role of Daan Ludik alongside local heavyweight talents Rob Van Vuuren (Swys De Villiers), Diaan Lawrenson (Anet Ludik) and Zane Meas (Brigadier Davies).

The Brave Ones (ZA) – From the one and only Akin Omotoso, this supernatural drama series is set in modern South Africa and is inspired by African folklore. The Brave Ones will launch on September 16, 2022 – more details about this exciting series will be released in the coming days. The series was created by renowned director, writer and actor Akin Omotoso, along with Sthandile Nkosi, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Bonko Khoza and Tony Kgoroge. More details on the series will follow shortly.

Kings of Queenstown (ZA) – Kings of Queenstown tells the story of a young football prodigy who must come to terms with his failed professional football father while navigating tough choices. The series kicks off on November 4 and stars Zolisa Xaluva and is directed by prolific South African director Jahmil XT Quebeka whose films, Knuckle City, Sew the Winter to My Skin and Of Good Report will also be available on Netflix later.

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