Blood & Water is not your typical high school drama. Yes, it has its fair share of romance, pretty faces, classroom brawls but it’s really more than that.
In its best light, it is a social commentary on child abductions and adoption fraud in South Africa. This makes it relatable to the African audience and its authenticity makes it as alluring as it is entertaining.
At its helm is the award-winning director/filmmaker Nosipho Dumisa whose film, Nommer 37, gave her international acclaim.
Blood & Water focuses on Ama Qamata‘s character, Puleng Khumalo, as she sets out on an investigation of the abduction of her older sister 17 years ago. Her snooping leads her to Parkhurst College, a fancy private school in Cape Town with its fair share of high school drama. She transfers there with the aim of learning more about the school’s star swimmer, Fikile Bhele (Khosi Ngema), who she believes might be her long-lost sister.
As the show progresses, she battles typical teen troubles but never loses sight of her goal.
The cast is led by fresh-faced young adults whose acting prowess is not dimmed by the experience of their older, seasoned counterparts. Their talents complement the well-written story which is delivered with just the right amount of mystery, humour and drama.
The tale is never rushed but it moves at a steady pace that leaves you wanting more. It delicately juxtaposes unapologetic views on sexuality, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse with adolescent expressions of politics, morality and loyalty.
Gambit Films, the production company behind the show, give us a stellar offering overflowing with great music, beautiful shots, talented actors and a story worth telling.
We can’t wait for Season 2 and if you haven’t already seen it, check out the World Premiere below to start your binge-fest.