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Netflix begins production on second original African series, Blood And Water

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Internet streaming service, Netflix, has revealed that it has begun production on its second original African series, Blood And Water, scheduled for release in 2020.

In a statement issued today, 26 June 2019, Netflix confirmed the start of production on the coming of age, mystery drama-based in Cape Town, titled Blood And Water. The storyline will follow the exploits of an intelligent yet spontaneous 16-year-old girl, Puleng, as she investigates the cold case of her abducted-at-birth older sister. Amidst her search, she meets Fikile “Fiks” Bhele, who joins her on her quest for answers.

Blood And Water will be directed by one of South Africa’s most notable female directors, Nosipho Dumisa, and produced by Gambit Films, led by Bradley Joshua and Benjamin Overmeyer. Daryne Joshua and Travis Taute will serve as co-directors and writers, with Simon Beesley assuming the role of lead editor.

The series will showcase a slew of fresh, young actors, with two newcomers in the lead female roles. The cast will include Ama Qamata, Khosi Ngema, Thabang Molaba, Dillon Windvogel, Natasha Thahane, Gail Mabalane, Sello Maake ka Ncube, Arno Greef, Ryle De Morny, Getmore Sithole, Xolile Tshabalala, Sandi Schultz, Monique Rockman and Cindy Mahlangu.

Director Nosipho Dumisa detailed the choice of cast, stating, “Blood And Water presented us with the opportunity to bring a mixture of fresh new faces alongside seasoned actors. After seeing hundreds of actors and newcomers from both Cape Town and Johannesburg, we’re excited to be a part of opening up the industry.”

Blood And Water is expected to launch globally on Netflix, in 190 countries, in 2020.

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