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About the Movie
Otelo Burning, shot in Durban, South Africa and 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 based on true events, captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 9
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.
Rotten: This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.
Fresh: A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ...
Fresh: This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.
Otelo Burning is a collectors item, you'll want to watch it over and over! Powerful entertaining story about the freedom, choices & overcoming obstacles. The beauty & surfing is breathtaking with talented young actors.