Thalente Biyela skates at Garvanza Park in Los Angeles on June 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN
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The movie "I am Thalente" -- a tale that rolls from the South African city of Durban to the skate parks of Los Angeles -- scooped the Audience Award for Best Documentary at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival.Directed by Natalie Johns, the film centers on the life of young Thalente (pronounced talent) Biyela, a charismatic teenager whose skateboarding skills have shaped his destiny."I come from South Africa and we have a huge child homelessness issue".Over the course of the three years covered in the documentary, we see Thalente learning to read, meeting professional skateboarders, and competing for the first time in a U.S. skating competition.
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