RISE - THE SIYA KOLISI STORY - August 2023 - New York City
We take a look back at the recent Tribeca Film Festival where NYC VIBE greeted the filmmakers, writers, director and wife of the captain of the Springboks South African Rugby team that were thrilled to introduce their just finished movie highlighting Siya Kolisi and his foundation’s impact on the world’s stage.
With the 2023 Rugby World Cup Championships about to start in France and Kolisi back in action after an injury this summer, the rugby community will be focused on the talented team about to show the world who they are.
It is said that leaders are born out of many circumstances, including the need to grow up fast. Siya Kolisi had no other choice in the harsh challenges of his upbringing. Trials and tribulations gave way to a leader, and fittingly, the first Black captain of the South Africa national rugby union team. We hear from the man himself alongside family, friends, teammates, and more, as they weave together the grand tale of just who and what makes the Springboks legend so incomparable.
At times the life of Siya jumps off the screen like a fairy tale, with challenges external and internal paving the path for a success story that encapsulates perseverance. A singular story yet one that rings universal in its themes of overcoming, community, passion, and forgiveness. All this comes alongside stunning footage and intimate reveals from the Springboks’ quest to capture their record-tying third Rugby World Cup.
This story is just beginning to be written - as you will see.