â€œThe lovely South African film â€œOtelo Burningâ€ is a coming-of-age story with the grand sweep of history as its backgroundâ€ â€“ The New York TImes
Otelo Burning directed by Sara Blecher, an award winning documentary director and producer. Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush, the film tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. It is set in 1989, against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in Lamontville. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it is clear that he was born to surf. Then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. This beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film captures a turbulent time in the history of SouthAfrica. Filmed in Zulu with English subtitles, the film also includes music from South African Hip Hop artist Reason.
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