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South African Surf Film Featured at Bronze Lens Film Festival

Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush Otelo Burning is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

The feature film, "Otelo Burning", has been selected as the opening night film of the 2012 Bronze Lens Film Festival. 

Film Synopsis

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.

The film opens Thursday, November 8, at the World of Coca-Cola, beginning at 8:00 p.m. (not Friday, as reported in an earlier version of this article)

Click here to watch the trailer and purchase tickets!

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Kathleen Bertrand November 07, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Thank you for sharing this information. However, BronzeLens Film Festival opens on November 8. The Opening film shows on Thursday, November 8, not Friday, at the World of Coca-Cola, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
Jasmin Goodman November 07, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Thank you! Information will be updated shortly!
Marc Richardson November 07, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I changed it to November 8th. Thanks for letting us know.
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