We posted about this film when it premiered last year in London at the BFI Film Festival.
Otelo Burning, directed by Sara Blecher (Surfing Soweto) finally opens in South AFrican cinemas on Friday 11 May 2012.
Here are some behind-the-scenes clips including insight from Blecher:
To go with it, there’s also a mix tape of music both from the film and inspired by its mood and themes, available for free download. The collection of 13 songs as well as inserts of memorable dialogue from Otelo Burning was put together by Tumi Molekane, MC, poet and lead performer of Tumi and the Volume.
Otelo Burning is set in 1989, against a backdrop of brewing conflict between two political groups in Lamontville. When 16-year-old Otelo Buthelezi takes to the water for the first time, it’s clear that he was born to surf.
The movie was conceived when Blecher met Sihle Xaba, a senior lifeguard at Durban beach and a champion body boarder and lifeguard. From him she learned that almost 90% of Zulu lifeguards at the Durban beachfront came from the tiny township of Lamontville.
This is the official tracklisting for the mixtape, which you can download here:
1. The Beginning / Tiago (Tiago Score) 1:20
2. Walk On Water / Reason (Casino ) 3:20
3. uCash / The Fridge (The Dynamic – Thugs) 3:54
4. Something In The Water / Zaki Ibrahim 3:49
5. Cold World / Tumi 4:34
6. What The Hell Is A Perfecto / Perfecto 3:35
7. uJol’e eNext Door / TZ Deluxe (Next Door) 4:10
8. Banyana / Take Away 4:59
9. My Dreams Won’t Wait / Zaki Ibrahim 1:37
10. Thongo Lam’ / Tumi (Shiyani Ngcobo) 3:20
11. Sunshine / Zaki Ibrahim 3:46
12. Samthing Soweto
13. The End / Tiago (Tiago Score)
Our favourite tracks are the two by Zaki Ibrahim: Sunshine and Something in The Water which you can check out below