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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Critic Reviews for Otelo Burning

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

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

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Post
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A heavy-handed but forceful coming-of-age story set circa 1989, against the backdrop of the violent beginning of apartheid's end ...

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
Top Critic

This crisp, involving South African drama comes at you in waves, changing course and tone expertly.

Full Review… | November 29, 2012
New York Daily News
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This South African ditty is even framed as a scrapbook, mushily remembering childhood traumas and exaltations.

Full Review… | November 27, 2012
Village Voice
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Ms. Blecher draws fine performances out of the young actors and, to her credit, sugarcoats nothing.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | November 30, 2012
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Otelo Burning

Amazing film with lessons for every age about choices, myths and discovering the real meaning of freedom! You'll want to see it over and over! The cinematography is breathtaking, and authentically captures an important time in history while entertaining.

D Turner
D Turner

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