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Trailer For South African Coming Of Age Surf Drama “Otelo Burning”

Trailer For South African Coming Of Age Surf Drama "Otelo Burning"

Intriguing-looking trailer for a new South African film titled Otelo Burning, which opened this year’s Durban Film Festival – a festival that runs through July 31st.

Filmed on location in Durban, written by Sara Blecher, James Whyle and The Cast Workshop, and directed by Blecher (Surfing Soweto), Otelo Burning is a coming of age story centered on a group of township surfer kids, set in late 1980s, against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

It stars some familiar South African actors whose names have been mentioned once or twice on this site, attached to previous films, like Kenneth Nkosi, who also starred in Paradise Stop and White Wedding (South Africa’s entry in the 2009 Oscars in the foreign film category).

No other info yet on what’s next for the film, but it’s not on my watchlist, so you’ll know when I know…

Check out the trailer below.

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Here’s yet another huge cinematic find:)

Kunle Adekolo

Again, SA is doing it big. Kudos to them for filling the void when it comes to accurate images of the diaspora. I hope this comes to D.C.


Echo’ing Mark. I was in the IFP lab with Sara as well. The few scenes we saw looked great. Congratulations to Sara. Looking forward to september!


Oh, forgot to say I like the trailer alot. :-D


My fiance is Liberian and she said before th wars, Liberia had a HUGE surfing community and is now starting to come back.

If this movie was set in the US, folks would be like “Black people surfin’..Helll Naw!”


This was one of my fellow IFP lab films in June. What I saw looked great. Looking forward to seeing how it’s evolved in sept at Film Week.

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