Netflix’s first original South African series, Queen Sono, debuted in February 2020, and just three months later, we’ve been gifted with yet another original series from Africa called Blood & Water. The YA drama dropped on May 20, and if you haven’t binged it yet, you should probably add it to your must-watch list ASAP. The series revolves around Puleng Khumalo, a way-smart (and way-impulsive) 16-year-old on a mission to find her older sister, who was abducted at birth 17 years before. It’s fast paced and full of mystery, and if you’re worried about subtitles, have no fear, because it’s primarily an English-language series.
Blood & Water is set in Cape Town, South Africa, where English is one of the most widely-spoken languages. However, unlike in Queen Sono — where characters speak a range of languages native to South Africa besides English, including Zulu, Afrikaans, and Swahili, among others — English is basically the only language spoken in Blood & Water. That might be a relief to some viewers, though really, subtitles just aren’t that big of a deal, guys.
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