Netflix Greenlights Second South African Original Series

On the heels of its Mexican film Roma winning three Oscars — including Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Netflix Feb. 25 announced it will begin production this year on its second original South African series, “Blood & Water.”

The drama follows a local teen uncovering her family’s secret past and navigating the complicated world of a South African high school.

The series will be directed by Nosipho Dumisa who made her mark with Nommer 37, which earned her the Cheval Noir jury prize for Best Director at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Dumisa has also been nominated for best picture, among others, in this year’s SAFTA awards.

“We are delighted to be investing further in African content and to partner with Nosipho and the team at Gambit Films to bring our second original series from South Africa to Netflix,” Kelly Luegenbiehl, VP of international originals — Europe, Turkey and Africa, at Netflix. “Great stories are universal, so we expect this teen drama, with its view on contemporary high school life, to appeal to young adults from South Africa, as well as the rest of the world.”