South Africans can beam with pride as another original film has struck gold with Netflix. Santana, a movie written, filmed and edited in Cape Town has recently reached number one worldwide on the streaming platform.
The film was written, directed, and produced by South African Chris Roland and Maradona Dias Dos Santos from Angola. It premiered on Netflix on Friday, August 28 and reached the top spot worldwide on Sunday, August 30.
In a Facebook post, director Chris Roland thanked everyone who had supported the film.
“#1 – Really did not see this coming. SANTANA just moved into #1 worldwide on Netflix today. Wow, so very grateful – thanks to everyone who is supporting the film,” he wrote.
The high energy action film follows law enforcement brothers Dias and Matias as they chase down Ferreira, one of Africa’s most notorious drug lords. As they get closer to Ferreira, the brothers discover he is the same man that murdered their parents thirty-five years ago. But Ferreira has fled from Angola to South Africa, and to get to him Dias and Matias must break the laws they were sworn to protect.
Santana had a 100% South African crew for the Cape Town-based shoots and the 78-person cast was a mix of South African and Angolan actors.
The crew spent 27 days filming all around the Mother City, from Constantia and Woodstock to Paarden Eiland, and Gugulethu to the West Coast. They then continued filming in Luanda, Angola.
Watch the trailer for the movie here:
Picture: Facebook / Chris Roland