Otelo Burning, Shot in Durban, South Africa and directed by Sara Blecher, an award winning documentary director and producer. Somewhere between City of God and Blue Crush Otelo Burning is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. It's an emotional story of teenagers in the township learning to surf. It's a story of the explosive potential for change at the time of apartheid's end. This is all seen through the eyes of a group of friends.