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I Am Thalente

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Natalie Johns

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About the Movie

Thalente Biyela is about to turn 18 and needs to decide what to be when he ‘grows up’. Homeless since age nine, he is illiterate: His opportunities are limited. At age eight, his first skateboard becomes his escape from turmoil at home, giving him a way to express himself, and access to a community of friends who become family. Skateboarding soon became the driving force in his life, providing him sanctity as he lived on the streets of Durban. An Internet video of Thalente skating reaches pro-skater Kenny Anderson who offers to take him under his wing if he makes it to America. Thalente puts his heart and soul to the test to rise above circumstance and shape his future.

Customer Reviews

Inspiring, bittersweet story

Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry. Thalente is a compelling character you will fall in love with.

Such an inspiration - and FUN!

Thalente is simply a marvel of a human. The life he describes living, the one he escapes through skateboarding, is not one I thought a human could endure - and emerge a shining, magnificent light! He's a delight to watch, so much fun to get to know, and though I was never much of a skateboarder, I gained profound respect for the culture and its professionals.