Staff Riding

‘Staff riding’ is local slang for train surfing, and it is a widespread phenomenon in South Africa. The vast majority of surfers are under 25, and due to the highly dangerous nature of the activity, amputations of limbs and even deaths are not uncommon. In a context where violence, alcohol and drug abuse, rampant poverty, and AIDS reign supreme, train surfing symbolizes the search for social redemption that will never come for the characters of this story.

Technical information

Camera: LEICA M (Typ 240)


Photography, video and sound recording: Marco Casino, LUZphoto Agency
Editing: Andrea Bertolotti
Sound Design: Salvo Delle Femmine