Otelo Burning is a beautiful, coming-of-age drama by award-winning filmmaker Sara Blecher. The South African feature film presents a gripping story of township kids as they discover surfing – a newfound freedom through water. The film will make its U.S. theatrical premiere at New York’s new cinemas at MIST Harlem on Wednesday, November 28th by Autonomous Entertainment and The Turner Group.
Based on true events, the story unfolds as three teenage friends – Otelo, New Year, and Mandla – look for an escape through a time of turmoil within the township of Lamontville, South Africa and discover freedom through the joy of surfing. Shot in picturesque Durban, Otelo Burning is a strikingly dynamic portrait of hope and growth for a group of proud adolescents and a nation itself.
Otelo Burning arrives following acclaimed screenings at such prestigious film festivals at the BFI London International Film Festival and the Busan International Festival in Korea. At the Durban International Film Festival, Otelo Burning was chosen as the Opening Night selection, and at the Seattle International Film Festival, it was nominated for the Golden Needle Award. The film was further honored at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards, where it won two of 13 total nominations, including the prize for Best Cinematography and Best Child Actor (Tshepang Mohlomi). Otelo Burning also won the Golden Owl Audience Award for Best Film at Cinerama BC Brazil and Best South African Film at the Cape Winelands Film Festival.
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