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Otelo Burning (2011)

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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 »

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Jafta Mamabolo ...
Otelo Buthelezi
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New Year
Sihle Xaba ...
Mandla Modise
Tshepang Mohlomi ...
Ntwe Buthelezi
Nolwazi Shange ...
Dezi
Kenneth Nkosi ...
Osar Buthelezi
Harriet Manamela ...
Hamilton Dhlamini ...
Skhumbuzo
Motlatsi Mafatshe ...
Blade
Matthew Oats ...
Kurt
Dan Robbertse ...
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Neil Coppen ...
Surf shop attendant
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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

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no impact
14 December 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in Chennai International Film Festival. This movie throws light on SouthAfrica's fight against Aparthied, though thats not the main theme of this movie. It captures the aspirations of young boys who aim to make it big in surfing while the background is the revolution. The characters in this movie see surfing more as a realization of freedom rather than a sport. It kind of parallels the revolution while it shows all the aspects of adolescent age group.

This movie never left any impact on me. It's a honest movie but lacks in the over all feel. You won't regret watching this movie and not watching also.


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