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The First South African Netflix Original Series ‘Shadow’ Is Now Streaming

'Shadow' is a superhero saving Joburg civilians from crime.

As previously promised, Netflix has delivered its first South African series. The series, which is called Shadow, follows the story of a superhero of the same name as he tries to save Joburg from its high crime rate.


Shadow is played by South African actor Pallance Dladla, and has the same superpower as Luke Cage from Marvel's Luke Cage—he can't feel pain. He uses his special powers to save civilians from atrocities such as being stalked, cyberbullied, harassed and facing crimes the country's flawed justice system can't help them with.

Shadow is the alter ego of an ordinary ex-cop, who, after his six-year-old daughter is murdered, he decides to take the law into his own hands, and becomes a vigilante. You know, the usual storyline of several superhero movies.

Dladla told IOL that Shadow's weakness is his heart. "Physically and otherwise," he said. "He's hurting, man. He's a man who is trying to heal and forgive himself. He gets lost in this self-destruction phase where he crosses the line between justice and vengeance."

Shadow, which is eight episodes long, is directed by Gareth Crocker, and its main cast includes Khathu Ramabulana and Amanda du-Pont.

Watch the series' official trailer below and head over to Netflix to binge-watch.

Shadow | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

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Somali activist Ilwad Elman is this year's winner of the German Africa Prize for her humanitarian work in rehabilitating child soldiers and sexual violence survivors.

Somali peace activist Ilwad Elman has reportedly won the coveted 2020 German Africa Prize for her continued humanitarian work in her homeland. According to DW, Elman received the award in person from German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas last night. Elman has received the award for her work with child soldiers and survivors of sexual violence in Somalia. The news comes as a welcomed reprieve for those in the African diaspora for whom Elman has been an advocate since the age of 17. The young peace and justice advocate took to Twitter to share the news.

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