Zulu Surf Riders - UK premiere

Part of an afternoon of African documentary screenings on Tue 28 Oct, 2.00pm-5.00pm, Edinburgh College of Art, Lauriston Place, Lecture Room G40, Free and non-ticketed

Carlos Francisco | South Africa 2008 | 50m | English and Zulu with English subtitles

Evidence of South Africa's shifting cultural identities can be seen on KwaZulu Natal's shores with young Zulu surfers emerging as keen competitors.

DFA member Carlos Francisco has teamed up with friends Andre Cronje and Brennen Norjie to create a new documentary, Zulu Surf Riders, that tells the story of a pair of second generation surfing twins, Cyril and Mishak Mqade, who have made a life for themselves through this sport. Having grown up in a small community where employment is scarce and education lacking, the film documents the twins' journeys from their early endeavours to their present day successes. Cyril and Mishak are inspirational figures in their neighbourhood, teaching local youngsters to continue on the path of the 'Zulu wave'. This film captures the lives of these brothers who, against all odds, have defied traditional taboos to bravely discover a new world.

Zulu Surf Riders is entirely self-funded through Scratch the Surfers. Carlos, Andre and their co-collaborator Brennen Norjie felt drawn to tell the story of these two young men who have sought to change this historically white-dominated sport.

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