Movie recounts young skateboarder’s survival in S.Africa

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Thalente Biyela skates at Garvanza Park in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015

The movie “I am Thalente” — a tale that rolls from the South African city of Durban to the skate parks of Los Angeles — scooped the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year’s Los Angeles Film Festival. Directed by Natalie Johns, the film centers on the life of young Thalente (pronounced talent) Biyela, a charismatic teenager whose skateboarding skills have shaped his destiny. “I was planning to do a video to help him get some sponsors and when I listened to it, I was blown away by his philosophy of life and his positive attitude,” Johns told AFP …read more