Original Title: Otelo Burning
Director: Sara Blecher
Screen Writer: James Whyle, Sara Blecher
Country: South Africa
Year of Production: 2010
Cast: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi, Nolwazi Shange, Kenneth Nkosi, Harriet Manamela, Hamilton Dhlamini, Motlatsi Mafatshe, Mattew Oats
Photography: Lance Gewer
Film Editor: Megan Gill
Producer: Cinga Productions – Kevin Fleischer
Executive Producer: Sara Blecher e Kevin Fleischer
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.
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 violence in Lamonville.
Included in Biography
An award winning documentary director and producer, Sara Blecher executive produced and directed Bay of Plenty. Sara made some outstanding and noteworthy documentaries for Curious Pictures and the SABC’s Award winning current affairs program, Special Assignment. In 2011 she released Surfing Soweto, a documentary following the lives (and deaths) of a group of so-called ‘train surfers’ in South Africa.
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