Surfing Soweto

  • Surfing Soweto
Genre : Social
Type : Documentary
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2010
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

This amazing coming of age story follows a group of Soweto teenagers who surf moving trains. Bitch Nigga, Lefa and Mzembe are three of the most notorious train surfers in Soweto and filming their lives was no walk in the park for the filmmakers. It involved following them onto the top of trains hurtling through Soweto, into the heroin dens of Hilbrow and into prisons with names like Sun City. "SURFING SOWETO" is the story of a forgotten generation and is filmed with riveting camera work. Think "Dogtown" and "The Z Boys" meets "Rebel Without A Cause".

d. Sara Blecher, South Africa 2010 DOC

English, Sotho, Zulu with English subtitles, Video, 95 min


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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