Netflix has acquired “Silverton Siege,” an action thriller based on the true story that fueled the global Free Mandela movement.
Thabo Rametsi, Noxolo Dlamini, and Stefan Erasmus star in the film, which Mandla Dube directs (“Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu”).
Rametsi, Dlamini, and Erasmus star as the Silverton Siege trio, three young freedom fighters with nothing to lose in 1980. The group find themselves seeking refuge in a South African bank in Silverton, Pretoria, after a high-speed automobile chase with the police following a foiled sabotage mission. The stakes and emotions are high when the bank and its customers are held hostage, and Nelson Mandela’s freedom is demanded in exchange for releasing the prisoners.
“‘Silverton Siege’ is my strongest work to date,” Dube said. “My aim is that African filmmakers are given more opportunities to decolonise the story of who we are.” I also hope that the Silverton Siege trio can inspire today’s youth to believe that they can change the world and, most importantly, that their stories matter.”
Arnold Vosloo, a well-known South African heavyweight, appears alongside Tumisho Masha, Michelle Mosalakae, and Elani Dekker, among others. Pambili Media is in production, with Walter Ayres and Dube serving as executive producers.
Dube has also worked as a cinematographer on various films, shorts, and television shows, including the Netflix series “Jiva!” (2021). In addition, he was nominated for a South African Film and Television Award in the category of best director for “Kalushi”.