Family Film Sunday: I Am Thalente
Sunday Jul 17 11:10 AM
Sunday Jul 17 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
About the Film:
Programming related to HI Sk8 Films 2016
Directed by Natalie Johns. South Africa. 2015. 79 min.
Living on the streets of Durban, South Africa, from the age of nine, Thalente Biyela found a sense of purpose through skateboarding. His natural ability and effortless style were noticed by American pros such as Tony Hawk and Kenny Anderson. Biyela's life is changed forever when that skater royalty help arrange for him to move to Los Angeles. There is no clear-cut path to going pro and Biyela is under no illusion that he'll find sponsorship in his new home. Natalie Johns, a fellow South African transplant in LA, documents his experience. This stirring portrait of an incredible athlete, who has wisdom beyond his years, took home the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the LA Film Festival last year.