A film inspired by the true story of a Laureus-supported project participant has had its UK Premiere before being shown across the country from Sunday.
‘Beyond The River’ charts the rise to glory of Siseko Ntondini, who grew up in Soweto and went on to win a gold medal in one of the world’s toughest endurance events - the Dusi canoe marathon.
The infamous race covers 120km (75 miles) over dangerous rapids and through snake-infested waters, then when the course becomes too dangerous to paddle, participants have to pick up their canoes and run up and over mountains.
Siseko learned how to swim and paddle his kayak at the Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club (SCARC), an organisation which Laureus Sport for Good has supported for over a decade.
The project aims not just to teach children to swim and participate in watersports, but also to provide them with crucial life skills to enable them to be economically and socially active in their communities.
After receiving critical and public acclaim when the film was released in South Africa in 2017, it is being shown at 40 cinemas around the UK as part of the Freedom Day celebrations from Sunday 28th April 2019.
To learn more about Siseko’s story and to hear from the actors in the film, watch the video above.