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Otelo Burning

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2hr 30min.

Special Screening. Doors open at 6:30pm, A Q&A with the director Sara Blecher will follow the film.

South Africa 2011. Directed by Sara Blecher. With Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba.

Shot in Durban and directed by Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto), the film tells the story of a group of township kids who discover the joy of surfing. It’s 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’s clear that he was born to surf. But then tragedy strikes. On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing success and justice. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.