Otelo Burning (2011)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Nov 30, 2012 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - South Africa  |  
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Three South African friends discover the joys of surfing at the tail end of the Apartheid Era, but find themselves at odds due to envy and young love in this tender coming of age drama. At the twilight of the 1980s, 16 year old Otelo, his good friend New Year and New Year's younger brother Ntwe leave their crowded home town to visit their friend Tau Modise. Tau's mother is a servant at a luxurious beach house, where the four friends quickly take to surfing. When Otelo proves to be a natural on the waves, Tau grows increasingly resentful of his new pal's impressive skills. Meanwhile, New Year's little sister Dezi develops a crush on Otelo that threatens to shatter the group's already fragile bond.

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coming-of-age, friendship, South-Africa, surfing