Otelo burning In Cinemas: 11 May 2012 Directed by: Sara Blecher

Stars: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba

Music by: Alan Ari Lazar

Written by: James Whyle, Sara Blecher

Produced by: Sara Blecher, Kevin Fleischer, Richard Green, Zanele Mthembu
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1h 37min | Drama | IMDB 7.2/10

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 conflictbetween 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 tosurf. 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.