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'Rocket Boy’ set to celebrate black excellence on the silver screen

Coal Stove Pictures executive producer and owner Wandile Molebatsi intends to showcase the strength of African stories to shape how global audiences perceive the prosperity of Africa.

Coal Stove Pictures executive producer and owner Wandile Molebatsi intends to showcase the strength of African stories to shape how global audiences perceive the prosperity of Africa.

Published Dec 27, 2021

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Cape Town - The story of a young mathematical genius from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape is heading to the silver screen with the production of “Rocket Boy” set to start filming in February next year.

Coal Stove Pictures executive producer Wandile Molebatsi said his intention was to showcase the strength of African stories and help shape how global audiences perceived the prosperity of the continent through the heart-warming tale of Siyabulela Xuza.

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A young black scientist, innovator and Harvard engineering graduate, Xuza won the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver for developing a low-cost form of rocket fuel.

The film will document the obstacles he overcame and victories he attained to realise his remarkable list of achievements.

A statement from the Presidency said Xuza received his award for his excellent contribution to scientific innovation at an early stage, proving to himself, and others, that one could achieve new career heights through determination and hard work.

Molebatsi said “Rocket Boy” provided an opportunity to project an African narrative of hope and optimism, particularly for an international audience that is exposed to negativity about South Africa.

“Telling stories like 'Rocket Boy' reminds me that being a South African producer can be such a privilege. This film is a celebration of African excellence. We forget that our continent has incredible stories of triumph and joy and that Africans have achieved remarkable things despite the heartache of some of our histories,” said Molebatsi.

Xuza’s mother, Zanele Xuza, advised the crew that the film should take the form of an inspired bio-story instead of a biopic.

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The feature film will highlight the narrative that Africans are pioneers in groundbreaking ventures such as science, maths, art and fashion.

The production team comprises Molebatsi as the producer, Natasha De Langa as the writer, Sanele Zulu as the director and James AD as the director of photography, who also represents AAA Entertainment as the sales agent tasked with representing the film internationally.

“The love and the interest with Africa for the stars was always there. This is why I really gravitated towards this film in conjunction with what Xuza represents for young South Africans,” said Molebatsi.

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Molebatsi crafted more stories that presented a positive narrative of Africa. African creatives were already renowned on the international stage, as the imminent production of “Rocket Boy” shows.

The key rested in ensuring investors could see the film and high-end TV sector as bankable, Molebatsi said.

Coal Stove Pictures intends to showcase the strength of African stories to shape how global audiences perceive the prosperity of Africa through the heart-warming tale of a young mathematical genius from Mthatha.

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