David Oyelowo Explains How the Streaming Success of ‘The Water Man’ Proved the Global Appeal of Black Films

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David Oyelowo Explains How the Streaming Success of ‘The Water Man’ Proved the Global Appeal of Black Films
When David Oyelowo decided to step behind the camera to direct the family adventure film “The Water Man,” the Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated actor and producer had already overcome several hurdles just to get the movie made. Then the pandemic struck, forcing the movie into the turbulent rapids of the ever-changing film distribution landscape.

But “The Water Man” has found its audience in the form of streaming.

Since the movie’s launch on Netflix earlier this summer, “The Water Man” has climbed onto the streamer’s top 10 list in 38 countries, including the Philippines, Romania, Colombia, Spain, Kenya, Nigeria, Portugal, Poland, Malaysia, France, Israel, Kuwait, Thailand, South Africa, Ecuador and Panama.

“I feel elated and vindicated, really,” Oyelowo told Variety.

“‘The Water Man, as a script was, was one of those pieces that, anywhere we went to initially there was a bit of trepidation around this quite lazy phrase, which is,
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