Otelo Burning NYC Premiere & Giveaway!


“….the lovely South African film “Otelo Burning” is a coming-of-age story with the grand sweep of history as its background” - The New York Times

The award winning South African movie Otelo Burning is finally coming to the United States on November 30th 2012 in New York City, premiering as the first movie to be shown in state of the art cinematic luxury of Afro-Latino diaspora theater Mist Harlem. The debut will be a celebration of South African food, music, celebrity appearances and performances focused around moving story of freedom, youth, and racial consciousness! And Africlectic Magazine has FOUR PRIZES for our lucky readers, including two tickets to see the film and beautiful Bantu Wax swimsuits!

Unlike most South African films set in the bygone years of apartheid, Otelo Burning has resisted the temptation of retelling or rewriting the story of our dark history. The story is narrated by New Year in Zulu, with English subtitles, Otelo Burning is the tale of three boys – Otelo Buthelezi, New Year, and Mandla Modise – in their young teens who discover surfing. By taking up surfing and excelling in the traditionally white sport in apartheid South Africa, the three young men change convention and attain the freedom they are denied by apartheid’s oppressive rule.  On the day that Nelson Mandela is released from prison, Otelo is forced to choose between surfing and success and justice. Jealousy, betrayal and political turbulence impact the lives of these young boys in ways that will change forever. This is a beautifully made, insightful and entertaining film that captures a turbulent time in the history of South Africa.

Fun Fact:  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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Otelo Burning Premiere at November NOV 30TH 2012 at 6:30pm

New York Limited Run at MIST Harlem November 30 – December 14 2012

MIST Harlem Location: 46 West 116th Street between Lenox and 5 Avenue

Purchase tickets at www.mistharlem.com 


Otelo Burning is giving away two beautiful Bantu swimsuits (male and female) for a lucky reader. We are also giving away two tickets to the Otelo Burning premiere in NYC (one ticket per winner).

All you have to do is create a profile on Africlectic.com to be eligible – a very simple and quick process that will allow you to create posts, personalize a profile and have further interaction with our large and lively community!

Prizes eligible for shipping only within the United States. Giveaway is open to all ages, images of swimwear shown may not ultimately be design received, which is subject to the designer’s discretion.

 More about Bantu Wax Swimwear
Inspired by the tales of Mami Wata, the mermaid goddess of oceans, and a passion for surfing, Bantu was created by merging the rich history of African art and textiles and pairing it with its often overlooked, deeply rooted surf culture. The idea behind Bantu was to introduce the global fashion world to the vibrant beach culture of coastal Africa with a line of global beachwear that is a fervent supporter of ethical fashion. By supporting local vendors and artisans, we have revolutionized the use of traditional wax cloth by juxtaposing indigenous prints with modern beachwear, all while contributing to the growth of an industry on a struggling continent. In short, Africa is a major player in the surf and beach lifestyle community and, quite simply, we are Africa’s surf brand. Like what you see? Contact Bantu at http://www.facebook.com/bantuwax, Twitter, and Tumblr
Otelo Burning
Autonomous Entertainment / The Turner Group
Director/Producer: Sara Blecher
Executive Producer: Kevin Fleischer
Writers: James Whyle, Sara Blecher
Cast: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi, Nolwazi Shange
 Language: Zulu with English subtitles