MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,587 this week

Otelo Burning (2011)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 57 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 2 user | 9 critic | 7 from Metacritic.com

When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend, New Year, and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise, they step into a world ... See full summary »

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 264 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 18 Jul 2012
 
a list of 9987 titles
created 07 May 2013
 
a list of 627 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Otelo Burning" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Otelo Burning (2011)

Otelo Burning (2011) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Otelo Burning.
1 win. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tsotsi (2005)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Six days in the violent life of a young Johannesburg gang leader.

Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Makoe
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A drama that chronicles the life of Winnie Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Elias Koteas
Viva Riva! (2010)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Riva is an operator, a man with charm and ambition in equal measure. Kinshasa is an inviting place. With petrol in short supply in DRC's capital, he and his sidekick pursue a plot to get ... See full summary »

Director: Djo Munga
Stars: Patsha Bay, Manie Malone, Diplome Amekindra
Yesterday I (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After falling ill, Yesterday learns that she is HIV positive. With her husband in denial and young daughter to tend to, Yesterday's one goal is to live long enough to see her child go to school.

Director: Darrell Roodt
Stars: Leleti Khumalo, Lihle Mvelase, Kenneth Khambula
Spud (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

It's South Africa 1990. Two major events are about to happen: The release of Nelson Mandela and, more importantly, it's Spud Milton's first year at an elite boys only private boarding school.

Director: Donovan Marsh
Stars: John Cleese, Troye Sivan, Jamie Royal
The Imposter (2012)
Documentary | Biography | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary centered on a young Frenchman who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Ramadan Suleman
Stars: Pamela Nomvete, Mpumi Malatsi, Sophie Mgcina
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Jafta Mamabolo ...
Otelo Buthelezi
Thomas Gumede ...
New Year
Sihle Xaba ...
Mandla Modise
Tshepang Mohlomi ...
Ntwe Buthelezi
Nolwazi Shange ...
Dezi
Kenneth Nkosi ...
Osar Buthelezi
Harriet Manamela ...
Hamilton Dhlamini ...
Skhumbuzo
Motlatsi Mafatshe ...
Matthew Oats ...
Kurt
...
Potential sponsor
Neil Coppen ...
Surf shop attendant
Edit

Storyline

When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend, New Year, and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise, they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township- a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other. Soon, everyone recognizes that Otelo is gifted on the water, a god in waiting for his purpose. An older white man, Kurt Struely, approaches the boys, certain of their potential and invites them to his home to watch some professional surfers on video. He paints them an enticing picture of the life to be had, if they can master every kind of break - money for nothing and the chicks for free. The boys practice and, under Struely's watchful eye, become really good. Otelo outshines his teacher, Tau, who begins to resent the obvious natural talent of his friend. His ... Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Everything is about to change. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

30 December 2011 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Otelo - Der Preis der Freiheit  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great S.A. Film
11 May 2012 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

I got the honor of seeing this film at a Pre-Screening before it's release and I was very glad i got that opportunity. The film is set in the late 80's, the apartheid days in South Africa where it follows the story of the 2 boy's Otelo and New Year with their dreams to surf. The film was shot very well giving the the circumstances that some of the scenes involved shooting out at sea. I enjoyed most of the images in the film although i wished they could have shown more scenery of the locations they filmed in. Its understandable as the film is set in the 80's, but I believe they achieved what they wanted to portray.

Characters on the film where enjoyable to watch, Jafta playing Otelo could have done his scenes better as his emotion lacked in some areas of the film, his friend New Year, Narrator of the film did an exceptional job with his character and the narration of the film. The humor was quite funny an enjoyable as well. Overall the film is a fun ride as you get to experience surfing, as seen through the lives of young black teenagers.

This desrves a 8/10. Go out and see the film. Great South African Cinema.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Otelo Burning (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?