Otelo Burning (2012)

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Defying the law, three Zulu boys escape their harsh township lives through the joy of surfing. Overcoming his traditional fear of the water, Otelo Buthelezi discovers a natural talent, finding freedom on the waves. But in the turmoil of a country on the cusp of change, he is dragged down into a spiral of jealousy and violence. As Nelson Mandela finally walks free, Otelo must choose between two worlds. Otelo Burning is based on real events. It is a moving drama of courage, love, betrayal and hope. (c) Official Site

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Somehow, mostly through the impassioned performances of its young actors, the film finds its footing in the third act ...

Nov 30, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ...

Nov 29, 2012 | Full Review…
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This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.

Nov 29, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.

Nov 27, 2012 | Full Review…

Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.

Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As buoyant as the waves its heroes surf on, Otelo Burning uses water as metaphor for freedom for its black South African teens in 1988.

Nov 30, 2012 | Full Review…

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