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I AM Thalente is a verité documentary about once homeless skateboarder Thalente Biyela’s journey from the streets of South Africa to Los Angeles, California and into the heart of skateboarding.

The producers have turned to specialist film crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark to finance the completion of the documentary film armed with massive support of the skate community who are providing incentives to those who support the film.

Whilst this story hinges on Thalente’s love of skateboarding, it gives insight into the challenges that the homeless youth face due to lack of role models, illiteracy and lack of family. It is Thalente’s love of skateboarding that presents itself as a legitimate means to rise out of circumstance and make a place for himself in the world and offers a unique perspective on skateboarding and the power of uncompromised acceptance, community and individuality.

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Shooting People is the international networking organisation dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.

Each month we run a Film of the Month competition for our Shooters - the top three films uploaded to the Shooting People


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Shooting People is the international networking organisation dedicated to the support and promotion of independent filmmaking.

Each month we run a Film of the Month competition for our Shooters - the top three films uploaded to the Shooting People site each month, as voted by Shooters, are sent to one of our industry patrons for feedback and a winner is selected. They will win a top monthly prize, and each of the top three win a free Vimeo Plus account (and we all know how brilliant a Vimeo Plus account can be)

Previous Patron judges include Morgan Spurlock, Mike Figgis, Martha Fiennes, Asif Kapadia, Stuart Beattie, and Nick Park.

Some of our Film of the Month finalist's films are available here on the Shooting People Vimeo Channel.

If you'd like to know more about the competition, head over to shootingpeople.org

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