Beyond the River is the nail-biting true story of two men whose quest to win gold connects them on and beyond the river.
It shows the transformation of canoeing from having very few black paddlers to now boasting numerous top competitors from development clubs. Set in South Africa, a poor boy from rural Soweto finds new meaning to life through Canoeing. Together he and his unlikely partner overcome personal differences and challenges to form a strong bond and tackle the legendary Dusi canoe race.
Lemogang Tsipa makes his leading debut as Duma, alongside him is Grant Swanby. Other cast members include Israel Makoe, Emily Child, Mary Twala, Kgosi Mongake and Garth Breytenbach.
Duma is a talented young man who feels trapped by his surroundings and finds himself on the wrong side of the law. After a near miss with the cops, he finds an escape in the world of canoeing, an old passion of his. Steve is a nine-time Dusi gold medalist whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. His passion for the sport is fueled by his wanting to escape from something in his past that continues to haunt him.
Through a series of unexpected events, the two men find themselves attempting the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon as a doubles pair. But there are a few things they must overcome, not least of which are the completely different worlds they come from. They realise that the dream they both desperately desire requires them to work together, both in the boat and beyond the river.
Inspired by the true story of Siseko Ntondini and Piers Cruickshanks, who together won gold in the 2014 Dusi, Beyond the River delivers a nail-biting adventure story about the triumph of the human spirit.
This movie will debut in cinemas on 28 April, Here is the railer to get you started: