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Riding With Sugar (2020)

A feel-good story about a young refugee's quest for BMX glory and the pursuit of identity, safety, happiness and love.

Starring Charles Mnene, Simona Brown and Hakim Kae Kazeem.

Date: November 27, 2020
Genre: Drama
Director: Sunu Gonera

An Afrocentric coming of age film.

Once a scholarship student with a great future, Joshua dreams of winning a BMX cycling championship as a means to finding a better life, but fate intervenes in the form of an accident that shatters his knee. He is given shelter and a job by Mambo who houses refugee teenagers from all over Africa. When Joshua meets Olivia, a talented young dancer of mixed race from a well-to-do family, it brings him into a world he has never known before. Her insights cast a shadow over Mambo’s agenda and cause Joshua to rise above all odds and find a way to a brighter future.


Winner 2021 Audience Award: Three Rivers Film Festival, Pittsburgh USA

Nominee 2021 SAFTA Golden Horn: 

Best Feature Film
Best Director
Best Supporting Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Sound Design
Best Costume Design

Winner 2021 SAFTA Golden Horn: 

Best Supporting Actor – Feature Film Hakeem Kae-Kazim
Best Achievement in Cinematography – Feature Film Rory O’Grady
Best Achievement in Production Design – Feature Film Kate Van Der Merwe
Best Achievement in Costume Design – Feature Film Annamarie Seegers
Best Achievement in Sound Design – Feature Film James Olivier