A chilling, yet moving spoken film, inspired by the old negro spiritual ‘Wade in the Water’, told through the eyes of three men unveiling their struggle and fear of being a black man in America.
UK and US actor Joivan Wade (Doom Patrol, The First Purge) and US actor David Bianchi (Queen of The South), once again collaborate for their second spoken word film of the year with Wade in The Water. Teaming up earlier this year on Hear Me, they’re joined this time by emerging actor Llewelyn C.Radford II to deliver this powerful and timely feature that tells of the plight and oppression of the black male in America.
As a Brit living in the US, it’s been eye opening to not only see but feel the weight of the racial unrest here. Accompanying my American counterparts on the front line of protests in support of justice for George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, took me back to the London Riots of 2011 which were sparked by Mark Duggan and fuelled by racial tension. It’s devastating that black people still experience these same issues, and injustices to this day. Wade in the Water provided an opportunity to collaborate with my brothers who are continually fighting this struggle, but none of us are alone in this. I pray this film sheds more light on these lived experiences and opens eyes in the hope of evoking change and action. says Joivan Wade, actor, writer and producer.
David Bianchi, writer, director and performer recounts, I’ve wanted to evoke the negro spiritual Wade in the Water for over 15 years. The current unrest in America and global Black history called for an homage to our ancestry. Sadly, as the film depicts, black people still suffer massive violence and oppression at the hands of systemic colonial white systems. I hope this film reminds every one of the WHY we fight. We mustn’t relent. We owe it to our lineage.
British born Joivan Wade is widely known for his work in Warner Bros. and DC Comic’s hit show Doom Patrol, playing the role of half man half machine Cyborg; currently streaming on HBO MAX. Establishing himself as one of the UK’s most exciting screen stars, he’s recognised for his TV and film roles in the UK including Dr Who and Eastenders, as well as the critically-acclaimed 2018 film Vs. and Rapman’s Shiro’s Story. Following that, he made his move to Hollywood to star as one of the leads in Blumhouse Production’s 2018 smash hit horror The First Purge.
With near 100 professional film and television credits, David Bianchi is a widely regarded artist. He can be seen in studio films like DC Comic’s Birds of Prey, action-horror Priestand the award-winning drama film, Filly Brown. He plays the recurring role of Manny in The Queen of The South for Netflix and has made as numerous appearances on hit shows like HBO’s Westworld,MacGyver,Agents of Shield and many more. David is an Afro-Brazilian, classically trained artist, fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and is widely known as a spoken word poet with several televised primetime performances.