Enjoy Netflix’s latest blockbuster series, Queen Sono and support the excellent organisation South African Education and Environment Project.
SAEP provides academic, life skills, and psycho-social support programmes. More recently, as a result of lockdown measures closing schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and young people have been deprived of two meals a day at school, and SAEP has been providing emergency food relief to those in need.
Queen Sono – a South African Netflix
Queen Sono is a South African Netflix production which earned a 91% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and which received a strong review from the Hollywood Reporter by Scott Feinberg:
“Netflix’s first script-to-screen African original series, Queen Sono, follows in the footsteps of many of the streamer’s international efforts… Hailing from creator Kagiso Lediga, Queen Sono stars Pearl Thusi as a field agent in South Africa’s secretive Special Operations Group. Queen is the daughter of a legendary South African revolutionary figure whose assassination was a pivotal moment in the transitional period after apartheid.
Causing drama in the early episodes is the uncomfortable intersection between the corrupt South African political regime, a private military contractor headed by Russian oligarch Ekaterina Gromova (Kate Liquorish) and a nationalist paramilitary faction called Watu Wema, headed by Shandu (Vuyo Dabula), a fiery man with ties to Queen’s past.
Queen Sono … sometimes provocative in very real ways, eschewing that frequently used buzzword of “Afrofuturism” for “Afrocontemporism” that’s plenty valuable on the small screen.”
Support SAEP by Booking for Queen Sono
So the way to support SAEP and enjoy an absorbing evening on 16th June, is to tune in to Netflix sometime before next Tuesday and watch the first three 45 minute episodes, register and buy a ticket to whichever value you would like to support SAEP (from FREE upwards) for the virtual zoom event at which the series director and others will be in discussion (sadly not Jane, I understand, although perhaps we could demand that?) The Zoom event is at 8 – 9.30 pm SAST on 16th June. Here is the link to purchase tickets for the event
Kagiso Lediga, creator and executive producer of the show, will be serving on the panel to discuss episodes 1-3 on June 16th! (Thank you to Blair for organizing!) Discussion topics covered will include lessons learned from dismantling Apartheid for the Black Lives Matter movement in the context of the show, the importance of representation in media, and the Black and African liberation movements.