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SGS Summer Film Festival: Otelo Burning

Based on true events, Otelo Burning is a story of three South African teens that escape the political turmoil of their township and discover the joy of surfing. Sixteen-year-old Otelo Buthelezi, his younger brother and best friend are invited to the beach house where their friend's mother is a domestic worker. The boys, who previously had a fear of the sea, take to the water as it comes to represent a freedom that they have never before experienced. Otelo, in particular, discovers that he is a natural surfer and a star in the making. As he starts competing in surfing competitions, his success brings money, glamour, jealousy and ultimately tragedy into his life. Directed by Sara Blecher, South Africa (2012).
Q&A to follow with Laura Hubbard, Associate Director of the Center for African Studies.
This film is part of the annual SGS Summer Film Festival running from July 13th to September 7th. This year's festival features nine films from around that world that focus on the theme of “Youth Culture in Global Cinema.” For more information on the film festival, please visit SGS Summer 2016 Film Festival.



Wednesday, August 17, 2016. 07:00PM


Building 320, Geology Corner


Stanford Global Studies Division, Center for African Studies




Free and open to the public. Film length 1 hr. 45 min.