Two South Africans go from being 'caged' to Free Range Humans in new series

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Roushanna Gray in Free Range Humans.
Roushanna Gray in Free Range Humans.
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  • Two South Africans feature in the new digital TV series Free Range Humans from Corona Studios.
  • The series follows eight people who leave their unfulfilling indoor lives to follow their passions and live authentic lives close to nature.
  • All eight episodes are available to watch on Corona's YouTube Channel.

Free Range Humans, an original digital content series from Corona Studios is now available on YouTube. The series follows eight people – including two South Africans – who left their unfulfilling indoor lives to follow their passions and live an authentic, purpose-driven life close to nature.

The launch of the series took place at the V&A Waterfront on Thursday, where a "caged human", Clifford Young, was released from a giant glass box where he had spent 15 hours a day for five days, living his life indoors and online, symbolic of a "caged" modern lifestyle. The other actors, Amahle Mtengenya and Nina Erasmus, who were also "boxed" in similar circumstances in Sandton City and Fourways Mall, respectively, were also released.

Starring SA's first black free diving instructor, Zandile Ndhlovu and Cape foodie forager Roushanna Gray, in Free Range Humans both share how they disconnected from their previous careers and turned their passions into a fulfilling, outdoor lifestyle.

Most of us spend 90% of our lives indoors and online, missing out on so much that life has to offer. Lately, this has been felt even more keenly and has caused people to question their way of life. It's resulted in a global phenomenon where people want to find ways to disconnect from routine and reconnect with nature while living their lives and passions with purpose. The first season of Free Range Humans is about eight people who have done just that.
Melanie Nicholson, Corona Africa Marketing Manager

The 6-10 minute episodes celebrate the stories of the cast as they challenged a conventional lifestyle to overcome obstacles and fully embrace their passions, ranging from underwater art sculpting to the development of an influential female surf school. Each story offers insight and inspiration into what a rich life can be when we just take that first step.

"My journey began the moment I looked beneath the surface of the water, and then her embrace," says Zandile, an account manager turned free diver. "I just knew I had to find a way to make this my life. Teaching Freediving has empowered me to introduce communities who previously had no access to the ocean, to bridge the gap of fear and encourage new exploration while holding space. The power of my passion meeting my purpose, encourages me keep going everyday".

Zandile Ndhlovu in Free Range Humans.
Zandile Ndhlovu in Free Range Humans.
Roushanna Gray in Free Range Humans.
Roushanna Gray in Free Range Humans.

Roushanna went from food services to a forager, and is now renowned for her unique sea foraging and cooking skills. "It's been an absolute honour to share my story on Free Range Humans. The sea holds memory, knowledge, nutrition and freedom among a multitude of other gifts. I am grateful knowing that I am doing something that not only fulfils my purpose and passion but also working towards highlighting seaweeds as a sustainable food source for our planet and oceans."


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